4. How advocacy fits in CARE’s emergency response

CARE’s humanitarian mandate identifies advocacy as a tool that can be used as a response to humanitarian needs in emergencies. This reflects the organisation’s commitment to a holistic rights-based, gender transformative approach to humanitarian relief.

CARE’s humanitarian mandate extends to protracted crises and post-crisis recovery where issues related to community rehabilitation, peacebuilding, and reconstruction can be important for advocacy strategies. Country Offices considering longer-term advocacy strategies should refer to the CI Advocacy Handbook (available in multiple languages).

Country Offices may also identify advocacy as a strategy for reducing risk in their emergency preparedness plans. Refer to the chapter on Emergency Preparedness Planning, for advice on including policy analysis and advocacy in scenario development and risk-reduction measures.