9.2 Key interventions

The key interventions that CARE will implement should be outlined at the sector and main activity level. These will help with specific project design and targeting of fundraising. The key interventions will provide a concrete guide to what CARE will do and, by omission, will guide what CARE will not do.

Avoid getting dragged into too much detail on programming in the strategy document. It is to set directions for the program not to plan the response. That is done in the Operational Plan.

Each main area of intervention should include objectives and indicators for monitoring and evaluation purposes. The level of detail provided will vary according to the version of strategy/ stage of the response (see section 4.4 and annexes 5.2, 5.4 and 5.6 for examples). The possible range of interventions that CARE can deliver is vast and will vary according to the specific needs of the emergency. Guidelines, response options and examples for core sectors in an emergency are provided in the respective chapters for those sectors

There is a tendency for CARE COs to choose either only interventions they have previous experience in, or conversely to select new activities in which they have no expertise whatsoever. It is important to achieve a balance between needs and capacity. You should consider CARE’s global capacity rather than just your CO capacity. If the sector is a priority, then CARE can mobilise resources globally to help scale up. Be aware that CARE has opted to develop strength in four core emergency sectors. You will get the best results from additional capacity if you work in those sectors. In other sectors it can be hard to find additional support if your in-country capacity is overstretched.

CARE should not include activities in the strategy that are beyond CARE’s global mandate and expertise, or which the CO will simply not be able to deliver.