CARE’s Fast and Fair COVID-19 campaign: Comprehensive local-to-global impact

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In November 2020, CARE launched the Fast and Fair campaign to push for fairness and efficiency in the global COVID-19 vaccination effort. We skillfully leveraged our global reach and influence to build and maintain support for more comprehensive funding for vaccine delivery while working hand-in-hand with national and local governments in 34 countries to get the vaccines into the arms of those most in need. Our advocacy and influencing of US and global policy, along with our deep engagement in communities and years of programming investments drove systems-level change that contributed to 21.2 million people getting fully vaccinated in 29 countries. To determine the comprehensive impact of the Fast and Fair campaign, we utilized country case studies, internal program data, and an external evaluation. These sources all affirmed CARE's advocacy and influencing contributions to the global vaccination effort, resulting in millions of vaccinations at the last mile. Read More...

Fast and Fair Country Case Studies: Mini Advocacy and Influencing Impact Reporting (AIIR) Tool Analysis

Fast and Fair Country Case Studies: Mini Advocacy and Influencing Impact Reporting (AIIR) Tool Analysis Read More...

Global Covid-19 Supplemental Campaign: A case study to assess the efficacy of CARE and the coalition’s advocacy strategies

Between December 2021 and late March 2022, CARE and five close allies led an ad hoc coalition advocating for US government approval of $17B in supplemental funding for global COVID-19 relief, specifically for resources to support vaccine delivery and front-line health workers. The purpose of this case study is to assess the effectiveness of the advocacy strategies employed by CARE and allies and draw out lessons to (1) inform future campaigning and (2) better integrate this type of assessment in CARE’s MEL activities. Read More...

Fighting for the Least Vaccinated

The global vaccination effort was generally considered inequitable and ineffective. Vaccination rates mostly followed an income-based pattern both in terms of onset of large-scale vaccination efforts and numbers of people vaccinated. Despite global efforts to address vaccine inequity, vaccination coverage in low-income countries has remained low, though the gap is shrinking. CARE USA, an international poverty fighting and human rights organization, began its Fast and Fair COVID vaccine initiative and advocacy campaign in late 2020 –relatively early in the pandemic period. As the campaign’s name suggests, CARE wanted to help steer the global vaccination effort down the path of fairness and efficiency. This evaluation is an assessment of whether and to what extent CARE, in collaboration with its partners, achieved its objectives Read More...

Climate Learning and Advocacy for Resilience (CLAR) Programme

Climate Learning and Advocacy for Resilience (CLAR) was a CARE Denmark global programme that during the years 2018-2021 provided technical support to CARE country programmes. The overall objective of CLAR was “Adaptive capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities to climate change impacts, risks and uncertainties has increased.” The programme had three interrelated specific objectives, focusing on (1) demonstrating good practice, innovation and impact in climate resilience, and generating new evidence and learning, (2) improving capacity and influence among CSOs and networks on global and national policies, plans and projects on climate change adaptation and finance, and (3) strengthening of climate knowledge brokering for multi-stakeholder, cross-discipline and South-South learning and coordination.
The intention with CLAR was to link practical approaches and outcomes in climate change adaptation work with influencing policy and planning processes, in particular national adaptation plans (NAPs) and finance. CLAR was to add value to CARE country programmes through the provision of technical support for integration of climate change adaptation implementation as well as cross-country learning and knowledge sharing. CLAR targeted both local, national, and global policy spaces to promote pro-poor, equitable and effective adaptation policies, and mechanisms. Through the Southern Voices on Adaptation (SVA) advocacy community of practice, CLAR supported the sharing of experiences and best practices in different contexts on how to influence adaptation policies and adaptation finance. Read More...

Midterm project evaluation: Enhancing social protection by empowering CSOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

General objective:
‘Enhance the role of civil society actors in BiH, in providing services for marginalized populations and participating in design and implementation of relevant policies.’

Expected results:
O1 Strengthened organisational capacity and management of 7 targeted civil society organisations (CSOs) in BiH.

O2 Service provision of 7 targeted CSOs improved to meet the needs of their target groups (TG).

O3 7 targeted CSOs have strengthened their advocacy position and improved policies in specific areas of their mandate.

CARE International Advocacy and Influencing: A Review of Pathways to Success

This report constitutes a review of 208 advocacy and influencing initiatives that reported having successfully influenced policies, plans and budgets. A sample of 31 cases were included in for review. These comprised influencing outcomes across 16 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Europe. We estimate that outcomes these initiatives influenced have so far improved the lives of more than 4.2 million people, with the potential for future impacts for a further 116 million people. 20 cases were from national or local level policy, plan or budget influence in the global South, and 11 case from the global North, influencing donor strategies or international negotiations.

Overall, the top 4 strategies employed across the North and the global South were: (i) lobbying-decision-makers; (ii) coalition building; (iii) public forums and (iv) method replication. Twice as common as any other strategy was lobbying decision-makers. This was also judged to be the most effective strategy in both the South and the North. 23 initiatives employed some form of lobbying decision-makers, and in 19 of these it was ranked as the most influential strategy. This lobbying was commonly a form of “insider” approach where CARE and partners already had a good relationship with government line ministries, having built credibility and trust over a number of years. Particularly in the South, advocacy efforts were part of a strategy over more than five years. Such efforts demonstrate that long-term investment is required for policy change to materialise into impact. The main tactics or strategies which did not feature strongly were activism and campaigning such as marches, petitions and use of social media, and evidence for the use of research was also uneven. We consider why this may be the case in greater detail toward the end of the paper


L’une des composantes du PEF GS vise essentiellement à promouvoir l’autonomisation économique ou pouvoir économique des femmes et des filles dans les zones d’intervention du projet. Cependant force est de reconnaitre que cette vision tarde à atteindre la globalité des objectifs de la composante qui est âprement inscrite dans la théorie de changement du projet.
Même si les femmes ont atteint un niveau réel et tangible dans leurs progrès vers l’autonomisation économique, il faudrait noter que leurs activités ne pourraient être développées que lorsqu’elles aient un accès viable aux crédits à travers les instituts des microfinances et les banques de la place. Un vrai partenariat gagnant-gagnant permettra aux femmes d’atteindre leur vision en termes d’entreprenariat et objectifs économiques durables.
Les thématiques de formations ont été dispensées au profit des femmes et des filles pour renforcer leurs capacités d’intervention et d’influences des pratiques en faveur des changements positifs.
C’est fort de ces constats dans le but de mieux orienter l’intervention pour un changement positif que Care Mali a engagé UNIVERS MANAGEMENT pour conduire une étude approfondie d’analyse participative relative au rôle des femmes dans le plaidoyer et l’inclusion financière. L’étude sera menée à travers des séries d’analyse participative sur la vulnérabilité des femmes, les contraintes/obstacles, affectant la situation socio-économique et culturelle des Femmes/Filles. Cette analyse permettra aux équipes des Projets GEWEP avec ses partenaires stratégiques (services techniques, élus, femmes des groupements/réseaux MJT, IFM) de développer de façon participative des stratégies et produits adaptés aux besoins spécifiques des femmes et des filles. Read More...

Civil Society Support to the right to food

This 32 page document highlights the findings from the first round of the Civil Society Support to the Right to Food project, funded by the Danish government. The project partnered with the Nepali organizations: Community Self Reliance Center, National Land Rights Forum, Right to Food Network Nepal, and the National Farmers’ Group Federation. The project reached 23,000 people directly with $2.5 million from 2013-2017. Read More...

Stabilité au sahel comment accompagner une parole citoyenne des sociétés pastorales

This 31 page documents highlights learning from CARE Niger's PROGRESS project focusing on how to bet... Read More...

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