PROGRAMS: PRINCIPLES & APPROACHES
- Promote empowerment
- Work with partners
- Ensure accountability and promote responsibility
- Address discrimination
- Promote the nonviolent resolution of conflicts
- Seek sustainable results
Partnership Approach: Building Local Capacity and Ownership
CARE believes that lasting positive change at scale can only be achieved through coalitions, collaboration and various forms of partnerships with a wide range of actors and stakeholders.
In line with our programming principles, CARE Uganda designs, implements and monitors its work in partnership with other organizations and has a Partnership Strategy, field guidelines and associated sub-grant manuals that guide this process. The partners include community based organizations (CBOs), national and international NGOs, the private sector, academic and research institutions, the government (both central and local), and the media.
The main reasons for moving towards partnership are:
- Building institutional capacity among local and national organizations so that they can continue the development work effectively after CARE programs have ended;
- Learning from the local knowledge of the partner organizations;
- Building on the existing access and proximity of the local partners to the communities
- Collaborating on relevant national and local issues for influencing governance and policy issues; and
- Increasing the legitimacy of our work and building long-term ownership over issues we address.
So far, CARE Uganda has worked with over 100 NGO / CBO partners, several private sector organizations including banks, agro-traders, various ministries and departments of the Government of Uganda.
Evidence Based Advocacy
Overcoming poverty and social inclusion requires addressing the policies, strategies and legal barriers poor and vulnerable women, girls and communities face, and supporting them to denounce potential abuses. Through partnerships and alliances with other actors from civil society, research organisations and the media, and using joint policy analysis and research, we have advocated for the enforcement of existing legislation and passing new laws. For example, WENG contributed to establishing the Tree Fund provided for in the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act 2003.
CARE International member partners in the East, Central and Southern Africa region and in the North (e.g. Denmark, Norway, Austria, UK, USA, Canada, etc.) play a critical role in bringing our work to various relevant target audiences in different parts of the world (e.g. the AU in Addis Ababa, the UN in New York; Geneva; London; Paris; Brussels, etc. Of recent, CARE Uganda has participated in various global fora (e.g. Conferences of Parties on Climate Change, World Conference in South Arica, etc.)
Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment and Engaging Men and Boys:
Over the years, CARE Uganda has evolved its Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) model that has yielded many impressive results, particularly in deliberately working with men on their behaviours to become champions of gender equality. CARE’s experience has taught us that empowered women cannot fully enjoy the benefits from their increased mobility, self-confidence and self-esteem if their male partners (fathers, sexual partners, husbands, brothers, etc.) in their homes and in the community continue to demonstrate disrespectful and sometimes violent behaviors vis-à-vis women and girls.
CARE has therefore developed the Role Model Man approach in 2010, which has grown increasingly important in all of our projects. This has led to over 642 trained role model men working with over 6,420 households across the districts of Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lanwo and Omoro. The role model men’s main activity is to reach out to fellow men in previously identified households with issues of domestic violence, women lacking freedom and not having decision-making power, extreme poverty and food and nutrition insecurity.
Since 2010, over 32,000 men have been reached by the role model men as part of the broader community outreach approach. Increased incomes, increased self-respect and increased confidence to speak in public are only some of the positive outcomes of this approach.
The model’s sustainability is evidenced by the 95% group continuation rate despite CARE Uganda’s active involvement being limited to between 12 to 24 months. Additionally, CARE has developed a youth-pathways apprenticeship approach, through which more than 2,625 youths have been trained in CARE’s financial inclusion model throughout all parts of eastern and western Uganda.
To respond to the needs for bigger loans emerging from successful VSLAs after some time, since 2011, CARE Uganda has entered into partnerships with various commercial banks (e.g. Barclays, Postbank) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs, e.g. MTN, Airtel) to facilitate access to formal financial products for VSLA members. CARE’s Bank Linkages model and digitalized financial products (Electronic keys, digitalized E-wallets, digital ledger-links) increase the range of financial products and services available to VSLA members (e.g. zero-cost VSLA groups’ savings accounts, access to credit facilities and loans at affordable rates, overdrafts, etc.), strengthen their financial security (reduce risk of theft of cash box, supports growing entrepreneurial aspirations of members) and address problems of transactional interface and distance to financial access points.
Market Oriented Climate Smart Agriculture, Disaster Risk Reduction and Building Resilience
At community level, CARE has implemented various initiatives that promote conservation agriculture principles as the basis for adaptation (with the main objective of restoring soil health), together with the promotion of more disease and drought resistent and more nutritious crops. CARE also promotes a mixed intercropping system that reduces the number of months without food while contributing to increased household dietary diversity.
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