CARE began operating in Zambia in 1992. Activities initially focused on emergency relief in response to the severe drought of the early 1990s and on interventions to mitigate the effects of escalating inflation and extreme poverty in urban areas.
The emphasis has since shifted to long-term, community-based development programs, working in both rural and marginal peri-urban areas. CARE Zambia’s current program portfolio is almost 100 percent development, but we have the capacity to respond to emergencies, if needed.
CARE Zambia is committed to gender equality, greater and more meaningful participation of people living with HIV and AIDS, and a pro-poor, anti-poverty stance in its interaction with communities and policy-makers alike.
The approach allows us to address both needs and rights from three perspectives:
- Improving Human Conditions
- Improving Social Positions
- Creating a Sound Enabling Environment
CARE Zambia is seeking to ensure that together with its partners, all its work contributes towards significant, transformational change for vulnerable women and girls.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is at epidemic proportions in countries around the world. It is estimated that at least one out of three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
CARE Enterprises creates lasting market-based solutions to poverty. By focusing on self-sustaining business models with high social and economic impact, CARE Enterprises’ ventures can become important agents of change in communities with underdeveloped markets.
From micro‐finance programs to innovative last‐mile distribution
projects, CARE has learned over the years how to harness the power of
inclusive businesses to spur development.