How We Work

How We Work

CARE tackles the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice in order to deliver lasting change in the lives of poor and vulnerable people. We believe that at its root, poverty is caused by unequal power relations that result in inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities between women and men, between power-holders and marginalised communities and between countries. Poverty cannot be overcome without addressing these underlying power imbalances.

In FY20, CARE worked in 104 countries around the world, implementing 1,349 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects and initiatives to reach 92.3 million people directly. CARE also reached 433.4 million people indirectly through its advocacy, replication of successful programs, and scale up of innovations.

2030 Vision: A world of hope, inclusion and social justice 

Harnessing collective power to fight poverty, and achieve social justice

CARE contributes to lasting impact at scale in poverty eradication and social justice, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While all that we do is to support the achievement of ending poverty (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5) sits at the heart of our programmatic ambitions and radiates throughout our work. 

Read the CARE 2030 Vision

CARE’s Impact Areas

CARE’s six impact areas drive progress towards our overall goal to end poverty. We focus on these specific impact areas for two reasons. Firstly, because they are critical barriers to poverty reduction, and secondly, because they are areas where CARE has developed world class expertise at all levels of our global network.

Gender Equality: CARE has been working with allies and partners to advance gender equality for more than 20 years in 100 countries, during times of peace and stability as well as humanitarian crises. Goal: By 2030, CARE’s overall aim is to support at least 50 million people of all genders to GOAL experience greater gender equality in their lives (SDG 5 and SDGs 1, 4, 8, 10, and 16). Read More

Humanitarian action: CARE International is a leading humanitarian responder and advocate of gender equality and women and girls’ rights, including in humanitarian crises. Goal: 10% of people affected by major crises to receive quality, gender-responsive humanitarian assistance and protection which is locally-led. Read more

Right to Food, Water and Nutrition: CARE International draws on decades of work protecting and enhancing food, water and nutrition security for the most vulnerable. Goal: 75 million people, the majority of them women and girls, increase their fulfilment of their right to adequate food, water and nutrition. Read More

Right to Health: CARE remains committed to ensuring the universal right to health. Goal: 50 million people increase the fulfillment of their right to health, and 30 million women their right to sexual and reproductive health. Read More

Women's Economic Justice: CARE stands in solidarity with women living in poverty and supports their efforts to fulfil their economic rights and aspirations. Goal: Our impact goal is that 50 million women have more equitable access to and control over economic resources and opportunities by 2030. Read More

Climate Justice: CARE International has an ambitious Climate Justice goal for the next 10 years. Goal: 25 million poor and marginalized people, particularly women and girls, have strengthened their resilience and adaptive capacities to the effects of climate change. Read More


Our focus on women and girls

Most of the 1.2 billion people around the world who live in poverty are women and girls. They are denied basic human rights, have limited access to health care, to education and to the opportunity to earn a living. They are frequently denied the opportunity to have a say in the decisions that affect their future. When families struggle to grow enough food, girls are often the last to eat and the first to be kept home from school. Women are those who are frequently denied the right to own the land they have farmed their entire lives.

Women and girls are not just the faces of poverty – they are the key to overcoming it and CARE invests in them as the greatest sources of untapped human potential in the world. When women are healthier, their children and families are healthier. For every year a girl spends in school, she raises her family income by up to 20 percent.  And when women have an income, they invest in their children and families, creating benefits for generations to come. But women’s empowerment can only be achieved when we include men and boys, engaging with them so that they realise  that the empowerment of their wives, sisters or mothers benefits the whole family. Promoting gender equality and empowering women is one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For CARE, women’s empowerment  is the key to lifting entire families out of poverty – and it defines our programmes worldwide.

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