CARE Nederland


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Innovation need(s)

CARE Nederland is striving for inclusive business partnerships in the areas of women economic empowerment/inclusive finance, climate change & resilience, governance & stability, humanitarian emergencies and agricultural valuechains.

Inviting partners to share expertise and solutions to our Challenges

Measuring the number of women and girls participating or benefiting from the interventions

Humanitarian action is often limited to measuring the number of women and girls participating or benefiting from the interventions, as opposed to attempting to identify and monitor change in women’s and girls’ power, access to services, socio-economic condition. In most development programmes CARE Nederland works with partners and local communities in DRC to identify existing norms and power relations in order to inform the design of gender transformative programming interventions. While such frameworks and tools are used in development sector, adapting and developing suitable approaches and tools (including appropriate technologies) is yet to be explored for the humanitarian sector.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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Women as first responders

Women and girls are often overlooked as first responders and agents of change, even though they are best positioned to determine their different needs and protection risks in humanitarian settings. CARE Nederland expertise in emergencies has resulted in pilots like “Women Lead”, as a means to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that analysis of risks is grounded in context specific understanding of gendered power relations. A particular interest is to identify opportunities for improvement of such pilots in Uganda and better connect with humanitarian coordination and action processes in all phases of the humanitarian management cycle.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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Decreasing suicide rate by looking at underlying causes

Lack of psychosocial support and means of livelihood are the two primary factors that are contributing to high suicide rates among women in Pakistan. It is necessary to address both the psychosocial and livelihood components simultaneously to ensure holistic support to the women in affected communities. CARE Nederland is proposing a unique approach to provide sustainable means of income through the creation of a mobile application that will benefit the communities beyond the project cycle and increase their financial inclusion in the economy. Moreover, the provision of social and emotional support to women will help them become active participants in their own improvement and well being, whilst engaging men and boys as part of the supportive networks.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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Enabling IDP’s to design and implement their own responses to safety and protection challenges

Communities in DRC with high concentration of IDPs lack systems and mechanisms (especially community-wide coordinated ones) which allow them to adequately (and collectively) drive the design and implementation of responses to their own safety and protection challenges.  Learning from existent experiences in other sectors, CARE Nederland sees that a participatory and inclusive process of developing community mechanisms for the protection sectors is desired in order to have real time alerts of emerging risks or unintended negative consequences that affect safety and protection. This would contribute to accountability mechanisms and real time data to inform humanitarian action.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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Strengthening the design for multi-purpose stoves to fit protection needs of women

Despite the risk, women and girls still move out of their settlement, displacement sites for fuel as a life-saving necessity and to sell the fuel to generate income. Humanitarian partners in South Sudan have pursued a range of alternative fuel strategies since 2014 across different sectors, including Protection, NFI/Shelter and FSL. CARE Nederland proposes a way forward that builds on existing initiatives, not duplicating but rather strengthening the design allowing for multi-purpose stoves as a means to address both the protection needs of women and girls, in addition to facilitating suitable income generating opportunities.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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