5.2 Target 2: the Scope

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 – as well as the CARE Approach as described by the Global Programme Strategy.

What is the CARE APPROACH?


CARE aims to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice and to bring lasting change to the lives of poor and vulnerable people.


CARE International prioritises therefore three approaches that together constitute The CARE APPROACH:

• Strengthening gender equality and women’s voice

CARE promotes the empowerment of women and girls, and engages with men and boys, to transform unequal power relations and address gender inequality.

•  Promoting inclusive governance

CARE promotes good governance in three key areas: empowering people to know and act on their rights; influencing those in power to be more responsible, responsive and accountable; and providing opportunities to link the two together.

• Increasing resilience

CARE strengthens people’s capacity to adapt to changing situations, manage risks, address underlying causes of vulnerability and respond to new hazards and opportunities.

In order to align with the CARE Approach CARE teams are expected to develop response strategies and implement humanitarian responses that:

  • are largely focused on (not more than) 1-2 core sectors
  • show clear complementarity between interventions of different sectors
  • are compliant (minimum score: 2) with criteria established by CARE’s Global Gender Marker and Inclusive Governance Marker.
  • support building back stronger approaches for recovery and link to recognised resilience strategies

The operational definitions of these indicators and generic targets are described in the Response Performance Monitoring Tool. More specific targets that can be agreed for a particular response by the appropriate decision making body such as the Crisis Coordination Group (CCG) especially if diversions from the generic targets are likely and appropriate in the response context (for more detail about response specific decision making see Emergency Management Protocols in Chapter 4.