Resilience and Risk Reduction

Resilience and Risk Reduction

Poverty is created and sustained through unequal power relations and the resulting unjust distribution of resources and opportunities, often with a damaging and disproportionate effect on women and girls. More people live in harm’s way today than 50 years ago, and high-risk human activities have increased the chances of a hazard event turning into a major disaster.

At the same time, the world is becoming a more turbulent place, with a more extreme and unpredictable changing climate, more frequent natural hazards both large and small, and increased violent conflict affecting more and more people. Both sudden shocks and slow onset changes and stresses further erode the livelihoods of people living in poverty, undoing development gains made in the past.

To overcome this, CARE aims to strengthen poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. Simultaneously, CARE seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability of different groups of people, and improve the social, economic and ecological systems and structures that support them. Building resilience goes beyond the ability to recover from shocks and includes addressing the context that makes people vulnerable. That is central to increasing resilience.

Inequitable distribution of information, power, and resources can affect a community’s ability to respond to shocks. CARE’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programs aim to build resilience of health systems to ensure that women and girls have access to quality, rights-based reproductive health services that are responsive and acceptable in both humanitarian and development settings. We work with partners to support empowered, equipped, and skilled providers, and to ensure acceptable, high quality, and respectful care. We promote and support data for decision-making by frontline workers, and we work to increase individuals’ knowledge and awareness of healthy practices and to ensure access to life-saving information and services. We promote service integration and support integration of SRHR and gender-based violence prevention and treatment in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. Finally, we work with partners to ensure that global capacity is mobilized to adequately respond and address shocks and crises that move beyond communities and national borders.

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Our Approach:

SRHR How 1: Gender Equality

Improve Gender Equality

Transformative change for gender justice.

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Nang Kam Phone, 24 years, Auxiliary Midwife and babies who were delivered by her at Nam Htan Ma village, Lashio, Myanmar

SRHR How 2: Promote Inclusive Governance

Promote Inclusive Governance

Everyone deserves a voice in life-changing policies.

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With funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation, CARE conducts lunchtime awareness sessions on topics such as health, hygiene and nutrition.

SRHR How 4: Form Strategic Partnerships

Form Strategic Partnerships

We cannot increase global health access alone. 

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Kanat Kebele, South Gondar. Nigist* (name has been changed) is 9 years old and in grade 3 at school. She likes math and wants to be doctor.

SRHR How 3: Resilience and Risk Reduction


Keeping sexual and reproductive health and rights on the agenda.

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