Research, evaluation and impact (10)

For opportunities to learn, and find even better ways to support women and advance gender justice, CARE Rwanda continues to report, evaluate and survey its work. 

Economically Mobilizing Women and Girls Through the ISARO Project

This evaluation helps understand the successes, challenges, and impact that the ISARO Project has had in Rwanda. Particularly through the context of the continent wide program WEP and POWER, ISARO has been using these models to help build a more sustainable and economically sound future for poor Rwandans in rural areas, particularly women and girls.

The project has aimed to challenge some of the underlying causes of poverty facing women such as poor political participation and the social and cultural factors that create and perpetuate harmful practices and gender inequality. Whilst the government in Rwanda prioritizes women´s representation, gaps remain at community level, to ensure that women are able to competently handle political leadership, and participate effectively in political processes.

For further information, please see the attached full evaluation.

Innovation for Education Projects Contribute to Improving the Quality of Education

As a resource to CARE Rwanda's Keeping Girls in School Project, this report gives an overview of how the KGAS partner, Innovation for Education, is changing the education of quality throughout Rwanda. 

The report looks at the Innovation for Education event where the celebrated the commencement of their 26 projects. The UK Government and the Rwandan Ministry of Education, the main partners and donors of the Innovation for Education, hope that their projects will not only change education in Rwandan but can be a model for all African countries.

For further information, please see the attachment for the event report. Also, see the KGAS Project for an overview of the project created in partnership between the Innovation of Education and CARE Rwanda.

Experiences and Perceptions of Men and Women

The Masculinity and Gender Based-Violence in Rwanda research was created by RWAMREC in collaboration with the Rwanda MenEngaged Network on the first national household survey ever done in Rwanda on perceptions about masculinity and GBV. The study, conducted from Janurary 2010 to June 2010, examined the roots of GBV in relation to perceptions about masculinity within the Rwandan society. this quantitative and qualitative research explored the experiences and opinions of men and women with relativity to how men are supposed to act and behave according to the socio-cultural vorms and values in Rwanda.  

Exploring the Gender Dynamics of CARE Rwanda's Village Savings and Loans (VSL) Programming

This report documents the process, tools, and key findings of a Gender Gap Analysis (GGA) carried out by CARE Rwanda in late 2011 to explore how gender dynamics influence the process and outcomes of the VSL methodology as a programming platform for women's empowerment. 


The specific objectives of the CARE Rwanda GGA were:

  • To learn how gender norms shape women's participation in and benefits from VSL groups;
  • To understand the different experiences of men and women participating in VSL groups; and
  • To formulate recommendations for strengthening the VSL methodology to address issues relating to gender dynamics

The process and tools used for the CARE Rwanda GGA were developed by a team of programme staff from two initiatives implementing the VSL methodology, with technical support from the CARE USA Senior Technical Adviser for Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health (SRMH). Prior to the work for the GGA, programme staff from these initiatives had jointly undergone a process of training involving the use of Social Action and Analysis (SAA) techniques to explore and reflect on issues relating to gender and gender dynamics in their own lives and work, as the basis for them to establish a common understanding of concepts of gender and gender relations.

This VSL Technical Briefs series aims to provide a brief and accessible summary of the key learning points and policy implications from CARE Rwanda’s VSL programming to practitioners, policy-makers and the wider development community in Rwanda. This first brief in the series focuses on the issue of financial inclusion, namely how CARE’s SAFI project worked to reach the poorest and most marginalized, and the effectiveness of VSL as a methodology for promoting the access of those groups to financial services. The Sources box at the end of the brief provides links and references for any readers who need more detailed information.

How Voluntary Savings and Loans Build Access to Financial and Social Services

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