3.2.1 Scale and Scope

The CARE Program Strategy indicates that CARE is committed to providing quality, life-saving humanitarian assistance to 20 Million People affected by humanitarian crisis (Global Indicator 4). Based on various forecasts for trends of natural disasters and human-made crisis we estimate that this objective translates into a target of at least 10% of the people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA defined) in any particular crisis to be reached by CARE’s humanitarian responses.

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