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We make all of CARE’s evaluation and research reports available for public access in accordance with our Accountability Policy. These are available at our Evaluation Library.

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Evaluations/Research

Food Insecurity: Impact on Education Outcomes

September 25, 2022

Recent projections are showing that the world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger by 2030, and people are more food insecure than ever. When food insecure households have to make decisions on how to use their limited resources, children’s schooling, especially girls’ access to education, often becomes a casualty. This brief report attempts to shed a light on the current global food insecurity status, its impact on children’s cognitive development, and some of CARE’s promising practices which are showing results in reducing the impact of food insecurity on education outcomes.

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Policy Papers

CARE’s Go Deeper Initiative

September 21, 2022

The Go Deeper initiative from CARE’s Gender Justice team works alongside country teams to tailor gender technical assistance to their needs, supporting them to embed gender equality throughout their programs and operations and to demonstrate evidence of gender transformative impact. This brief outlines why this initiative is an integral part of CARE’s focus on integrating gender across all of our programs, how it works, and which countries are currently involved.

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Annual Reports

FY21 Global VSLA Annual Report

September 14, 2022

Even as COVID-19 shifts from being a fresh emergency to a fact of life, extreme poverty and economic inequality are rising globally, worsened by the continued impact of the pandemic and new crises. Reversing these damaging trends is critical and possible, but only if resources, power, and support are put in the hands of those who have been hit hardest. We firmly believe that VSLAs are some of the most effective vehicles for economic justice and long-term resilience because they put women in control of their own resources, incomes, and destinies. That is why at the 2021 Generation Equality Forum, CARE pledged to work with governments to strengthen leadership among women and girls in VSLAs as part of our scaling strategy and 2030 target of reaching 50 million women in countries where gender and economic disparities are highest. Please read through the Annual Report for FY21 to get a brief overview of the impact and power of VSLAs in CARE programming.

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Lessons Learned

Savings Groups in Emergencies – Peer Learning Group Resources

September 14, 2022

Savings Groups are one of the most widespread economic empowerment initiatives worldwide. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of NGOs and local civil society organizations have mobilized and trained Savings Groups across 75 countries, with an estimated 20 million active members. A growing body of evidence suggests that – across countries, organizations, and projects – Savings Groups have a consistently positive impact on savings, access and use of credit, investment in income-generating activities, food consumption and security, self-confidence, and market and social support networks. There is also mixed evidence that, in certain conditions, Savings Groups contribute to asset accumulation, income, investment in education, leadership, and women’s empowerment. Beyond financial inclusion, Savings Groups are now promoted as an economic strengthening strategy for diverse development objectives related to livelihoods, women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, health, social protection, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. Through the collaboration of 8 INGOs, learnings were gathered on Savings Groups in Emergency Contexts and compiled into the available documents.

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Lessons Learned

Gender Transformative Impact: A snapshot of eight projects

September 9, 2022

CARE believes that achieving gender equality requires change across all areas of women’s lives. Historically, CARE’s project impact has focused on women’s agency. However, influencing change in relations and structures is vital for achieving gender equality, even if this can be more challenging. We looked across eight projects reporting impact across all three dimensions of CARE’s Gender Equality Framework—agency, relations, and structures—to see how they scored on CARE’s Gender Marker and what common features they share.

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Impact Reports

Ecuador Trip Report – Migration and Rootedness in Latin America

August 24, 2022

A bipartisan and bicameral delegation of Congressional staffers traveled to Ecuador with CARE to see the impacts of U.S. foreign investments firsthand. The delegation met with Ecuadorian government officials, civil society actors, and program participants to discuss how violence and poverty undermine development throughout Latin America and force people to flee their communities, as well as the role that global investments in rights-based, community-led emergency response and development can play in combatting poverty.

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Evaluations/Research

Ghana: Bringing the inputs one step closer to the farmers

August 15, 2022

Worldwide, the Ukraine conflict is leading to unparallel price hikes in food, fuel, and fertilizer. Like most countries in the world, Ghana is being impacted by these shocks. In simple words, Ghana is already on the path to growing less food this year. Farmers are not producing enough food crops, which affects their households’ livelihoods, and impacts women and children. To understand more about the current impact of the global food crisis on smallholder farmers and their coping mechanisms in the local context, CARE engaged with farmers in Ghana.

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