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Applying Behavioral Science to Humanitarian Cash & Voucher Assistance for Better Outcomes for Women in MENA

Ideas42 and CARE International conducted research in three of CARE’s countries of presence—Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey—to develop a thorough understanding of the contexts in which women recipients in these settings receive, make decisions on, and use CVA to support themselves and their households. In the pages that follow, we aim to share behavioral insights that shed new light on the many challenges facing women when using CVA in humanitarian settings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In summary, some of the key design principles that can increase the impact of CVA for women include minimizing the mental burdens placed on women throughout the transfer process, priming women to affirm positive identities at key times, making the full range of what CVA can be used for visible, and framing CVA in ways that encourages planning and careful consideration of spending priorities.

Though the guidance is best used during project assessment and design, it can be adapted to different phases in the project cycle. Users are encouraged to ensure that a wider range of specialists participate in discussions seeking to incorporate the guidance—including CVA Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) teams, and sector specialists or technical leads. It can also be used as a point of reflection for evaluation or after-action reviews. In addition, the involvement of program support staff and senior management will be valuable to ensure that the points are actionable and properly resourced. Overall, we hope that this guidance at the least starts a wider conversation on applied behavioral science in the humanitarian space and encourages humanitarian organizations to work to implement behaviorally-informed programs with CVA. Read More...

Emergency Response for Drought Affected Households in Northern Afghanistan Project: Baseline Survey Report

CARE’s Emergency Response for Drought Affected Households in Northern Afghanistan (OFDA) Project has planned to assist 4,100 households in two Provinces (Balkh and Samangan) in Northern Afghanistan. This baseline study was conducted to establish baseline values for indicators of intended outcomes and collect information about the target group prior to intervention. Read More...

ENHANCING THE FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS COPING MECHANISMS FOR CONFLICT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN IMOTONG STATE

CARE South Sudan has been operating in the former Eastern Equatoria State (now Imotong State) since 2015. Since fiscal year to 2017 to 2018, CARE South Sudan, received funds from SDC to support improve the resilience capacity of food insecure and conflict affected communities of Torit County and Pageri Administrative Area of Imotong State, South Sudan. The project was aimed to improve the food security, livelihoods, gender relations at household level and peaceful coexistence among 2,900 households (approximately 17,400 individuals). The target Bomas of the project Fodofodo, Ifuanyak, Nyong and Ilangi in Nyong Payam; Moti/Enyif in Ifwotu Payam in Torit County. Abila, Anzara and Rei in Nimule Payam and Avumadria, Masindi, Bilinya and Gandzi in Mugali Payam of Pageri County. Read More...

Women and Girls Empowerment (WAGE) II & Supporting Adolescent Girls Empowerment (SAGE) Baseline

CARE Tanzania's Women and Girls Empowerment (WAGE) and Supporting Adolescent Girls Empowerment (SAGE) Program goals is social and economic empowerment of marginalized women and girls. The primary target group is those women and girls who are especially poor and/or excluded more often than other groups. The program design is deliberately linked to CARE Tanzania's strategic focus on governance as a key impediment to equitable and effective development. The program uses a proven community based group savings and loans methodology (MMD) as an entry point to mobilize group members to address a wide range of constraints to the social and economic empowerment of marginalized women and girls. [354 pages] Read More...

Gaining Recovery: Improvement of Maternal and Child health in Return Areas of North Iraq

In 2016, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development-Germany (BMZ) has provided funding to CARE-Iraq to implement the project titling "Gaining Recovery: Improvement of Maternal and Child health in Return Areas of North Iraq". The aim of this project was to enhance the opportunities of SRMH and child health care for the people of North Iraq specifically the returnees in Zummar, Bardiya, Rabiya and Qasir Serij areas of Ninewa Governorate of Iraq.
The overall goal of the project was "Contributing to Sustainable Development Goad (SDG) 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, as well as Goal 3.1 – Reduction of maternal mortality ratio and goal 3.7 – ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services".
The project objective was "Improvement of maternal and child health in Northern Iraq". CARE-Iraq involved its partner, Harikar, for implementation of activities related to improving mother and child health through multi-dimensional approach. In CARE-Iraq’s multi-dimensional approach, mix methods of service delivery and community sensitization were adopted. Read More...

Afghanistan COVID-19 RGA July 2020

CARE’s Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) draws from CARE’s experience in Afghanistan, and survey questionnaires with 320 people (50.3% women and 49.7% men), and key informant interview (KII) with 59 community leaders (44% women and 56% men) and 18 line representatives (50% women and 50% men) from Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Public Health across seventeen (17) districts in nine (9) provinces in Afghanistan. The RGA points to ongoing severe economic, financial, health, and security impacts that will be especially worse for women and girls. The immediate impacts at the time of this assessment, center around the loss of income, food insecurity, lack of access to basic needs, limited mobility due to government lockdown, increased gender-based violence, and insecurity. The impacts – direct and indirect – fall disproportionally on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and girls, poor households, IDPs, female-headed households, and people with disabilities.
Gender-based inequality is extensive in the country – decades of conflict, food insecurity, and conservative patriarchal norms limit Afghan women and girl’s freedom of movement, decision-making power and access to health, education, and other basic services and resources. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating gender inequalities by restricting the limited rights women enjoy in the country and increasing their dependency. The findings from this assessment show that women are bearing the most significant burden of caring for their families; they have limited freedom of movement; face limited decision-making power at home and in the community and experience an increased level of gender-based violence. All the socio-economic and security implications of COVID-19 will severely and disproportionately impact women and girls. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that actors responding to the crises adapt their responses, strategies, and policies to ensure that they address the implications that the outbreak has for women and girls.
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Rapid Gender Analysis – Middle East North Africa (MENA)

The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts at mitigating the virus’ spread in recent months have heightened the insecurity, psychosocial distress, economic vulnerability, gender inequality, and deprivation that already existed in countries in the Middle East and beyond. While men appear to have worse outcomes when infected with the coronavirus, women and girls are being deeply impacted– and fragile gains in women’s workforce participation are in jeopardy.

Refugees and the displaced, the majority of them located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, are now faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and economically damaging efforts at its mitigation. Fragile gains in women’s workforce participation are at risk, gender-based violence is on the rise, and women’s voices are going unheeded. CARE’s soon-to-be-released Rapid Gender Analysis gathers together data from its country offices in MENA and beyond to provide a sobering picture of the pandemic’s impact on women and girls. Read More...

PROYECTO: RESPONDER A LAS NECESIDADES INMEDIATAS DE LOS MIGRANTES / REFUGIADOS DE VENEZUELA EN EL CONTEXTO DEL COVID-19

El impacto del Covid-19 en las condiciones de vida de las y los venezolanos no está siendo atendido por el gobierno, por ello organismos humanitarios y el ACNUR han hecho un llamado a atender las necesidades más urgentes de esta población. Save the Children, World Vision (WV), CARE y Acción contra el Hambre (ACF) ya están sobre el terreno prestando asistencia a los migrantes peruanos y venezolanos en materia de protección, alojamiento, abastecimiento de agua y saneamiento y transferencia de efectivo, y están coordinando actualmente con las autoridades gubernamentales para garantizar la coordinación y la complementariedad de las medidas.
Las condiciones de vida de las y los migrantes venezolanos han empeorado en el actual contexto de pandemia. Las evaluaciones realizadas por los organismos asociados muestran que la mayoría de las familias venezolanas no han tenido ingresos desde que comenzó la inmovilización social obligatoria y muchas han perdido sus trabajos. Las evaluaciones confirman que el acceso a los alimentos es la principal prioridad de las familias venezolanas, y para acceder a ellos adoptan estrategias negativas como comer alimentos más baratos o menos preferidos, pedir alimentos prestados y en algunos casos, mendigar dinero para obtener alimentos.
En ese contexto se planteó el proyecto “RESPONDER A LAS NECESIDADES INMEDIATAS DE LOS MIGRANTES/REFUGIADOS DE VENEZUELA EN EL CONTEXTO DE COVID-19”, el cual fue financiado por Start Fund
La intervención permitió a los organismos asociados atender las necesidades más inmediatas e insatisfechas de los migrantes venezolanos en Lima- zona con el mayor número de casos y el mayor número de migrantes venezolanos en situación de vulnerabilidad- a través de la entrega única de “Entrega de efectivo multipropósito incondicional” o “distribución de una canasta de alimentos con raciones para 15 días” y de información sobre prevención frente al COVID-19, protección y sensibilización psicosocial. Read More...

ESTUDIO CUALI-CUANTITATIVO COMPARATIVO DE CONOCIMIENTO, ACTITUDES Y PRACTICAS (CAP), ENTRE LOS PARTICIPANTES DEL PROYECTO “¡VAMOS PIURANOS: CONSTRUYAMOS RESILIENCIA PARA NUESTRO DESARROLLO SEGURO Y SOSTENIBLE!”

El Proyecto “¡Vamos Piuranos, construyamos resiliencia para nuestro desarrollo seguro y sostenible!” financiado por la Dirección General de Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección Civil de la Unión Europea (ECHO), se ejecuta en el marco del Plan de Acción Humanitaria (HIP, por sus siglas en inglés) 2018-19, el cual fue implementado por el consorcio liderado por CARE PERÚ e integrado por Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) y Radio Cutivalú. Tras los efectos del Fenómeno El Niño (FEN) Costero, el proyecto “¡Vamos Piuranos!” buscó contribuir a la construcción de la resiliencia de las comunidades vulnerables y las instituciones en zonas expuestas a peligros hidrometeorológicos adversos y recurrentes.

El Proyecto “¡Vamos Piuranos”! está organizado en tres resultados, el primero denominado: “La población vulnerable afectada por el Niño Costero recupera sus medios de vida y protege sus activos a través de prácticas que aumentan su resiliencia ante eventos adversos recurrentes”. En el cual se dio cuenta de las capacidades alcanzadas principalmente, con los beneficiarios a través de los diversos programas de formación implementados. Esta intervención tuvo un enfoque principalmente en la gestión reactiva, para lo cual se desarrollaron sistemas de alerta temprana, planes de contingencia comunitarios, planes familiares de emergencia; además de la conformación, equipamiento y reconocimiento oficial de las brigadas comunitarias. A fin de constatar los cambios logrados por el proyecto, se muestran algunas estadísticas: antes del inicio del proyecto, el 62% de los encuestados conocen sobre los peligros que existen en sus comunidades; con la intervención del proyecto, se logró que el 98% de los encuestados conozcan los peligros que afectan su comunidad. En el mismo sentido, antes de iniciar el proyecto, solo el 1% conocían las rutas de evacuación, luego de la intervención del proyecto el 97% reconoce las rutas de evacuación. Estos datos concretos revelan el incremento y fortalecimiento de las capacidades en las comunidades locales intervenidas. Read More...

Les rêves des jeunes nigérien (nes) entre précarité, incertitude et Espoir

Au Niger, la Cellule d’Analyse des Politiques publiques et d’Évaluation de l’action Gouvernementale (CAPEG), a publié les résultats d’une étude d’envergure nationale pilotée par l’Unité Études et Recherche de la CAPEG. Cette étude sur les aspirations des jeunes a fait ressortir des points saillants qu’il faut nécessairement prendre au sérieux. Titre illustratif, il ressort clairement que les attentes des jeunes d’aujourd’hui ne sont pas les mêmes que celles des jeunes d’antan. L’étude a fait ressortir des connaissances capitales sur les dynamiques de jeunesses au Niger. Les résultats de l’étude interpellent toutes les institutions en charge des questions de jeunesse donc dont CARE pour la mise en œuvre des recommandations clef. C’est pour marquer cette volonté et prouver avec Evidence que l’avenir de la jeunesse est un axe stratégique important pour CARE International qu’une collecte de données plus qualitative dont les cibles sont les jeunes a été lancée dans l’ensemble des pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Les résultats des données et histoires recueillies confirme davantage plusieurs conclusions de l’étude conduite par le CAPEG notamment celle où il faut investir sur les jeunes. Pour paraphraser M. KOFI Annan, ancien Secrétaire général des Nations Unies qui disait : ‘’Personne ne nait bon citoyen ; aucune nation ne nait démocratique. Mais pour tous deux, il s’agit plutôt de processus en constante évolution. Les jeunes doivent être inclus dès leur naissance. Une société qui se coupe de sa jeunesse se coupe de sa source de vie et se condamne à mort’.’ Read More...

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