3.2.1 Scale and Scope

The CARE Program Strategy indicates that CARE is committed to the provision of quality, gender-responsive humanitarian assistance and protection which is locally-led.

The scale of this goal is set to a target of at least 10% of the people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA defined) to be participating in CARE’s humanitarian programmes in line with the aforementioned characteristics. Based on various forecasts for trends of natural disasters and human-made crisis we estimate that most likely this translates into at least 50 million people affected by major crisis who, with the support of CARE and its partners, will receive quality, gender-responsive humanitarian assistance and protection which is locally-led

Two global indicators allow CARE to monitor this this goal and targets:

  • 19. # and % people satisfied with safety, adequacy, inclusiveness, and accountability of humanitarian assistance and/or protection services provided by CARE and partners.
  • 20. # and % people (as % of People in Need where applicable) who obtained (directly/indirectly) humanitarian support and/or protection services provided by/with support from CARE and partners in line with global standards of lifesaving & quality assistance.

Obviously, each response will have its own specific targets based on the operational environment and on the focus on people with particular vulnerability profiles. It is important that each response team defines and justifies the precise scale of the planned interventions in a response strategy.

Furthermore, every humanitarian response by CARE is expected to reflect CARE’s focus on four core sectors – WASH, Shelter, Food & Nutrition Security and Sexual, Maternal & Reproductive Health in emergencies (links to the relevant sections in CET). For each type of intervention, the response strategy should set out specific targets and time frames for individual monitoring and reporting within CARE as well as in the humanitarian system. However in principle CARE aims to develop and implement humanitarian responses which:

  • are largely focused on (not more than) 1-2 core sectors
  • show clear complementarity between interventions of different sectors