Resources (39)

Resources are an integral part of CARE Rwanda's work and success within the country. They provide valuable information in terms of advocacy reports, case studies, manuals and toolkits, policies and strategies, press releases, and research, evaluation, and impact reports from CARE Rwanda, itself, and relevant partners that help support CARE Rwanda's work. Below is a list of these resources. They can also be searched for under their respective categories.

The Government of Rwanda's Early Childhood Development Policy outlines the services that need to be provided in order to ensure the progress of their ECD strategic plan.

Services for infants, young children, parents, legal guardians and other caregivers must address the needs of the child in a holistic manner. It is not possible for any one sector working alone to meet all of the complex requirements and needs of the young. It is essential that all sectors of government and society work together to support the holistic development of young children, while supporting their parents and legal guardians in their role of primary caregivers. A strong public-private and civil society partnership is an essential factor to achieve this vital objective. 

For further information, please see the attachment to read the entire policy.

The Integrated Early Childhood Development Strategic Plan aims to create a framework for the Government of Rwanda's goals to improve the development of early childhood. 

For further information, please see the attachment for the entire strategic plan.

A Humbling Journey in an Extraordinary Country

On the anniversary of CARE International in Rwanda's 25 years of service from 1984 to 2009, the organization released a report on their work and progress thus far.

Twenty-five years is a quarter of a century, plenty, of time to learn, adapt and grow together with the people of Rwanda. As an agency that is committed to serving the most vulnerable, we feel it is important to pause and reflect on our years of service in Rwanda as well as to share with you the highlights of our journey.

Advocating Equality Among the Sexes

CARE Rwanda's Sexual and Gender Based-Violence Advocacy Strategy upholds the vision where women and girls live in freedom from gender-based violence and aims for the goal of reducing women's and girl's vulnerability to GBV through the protection of their basic rights and the improvement of policies and legal frameworks. Thus, they use advocacy as a technique to influence for change. It is a deliberate action taken to influence a decision-maker with the aim of changing a certain law/policy or structure. 

For further information, please see the attachment for the complete report.

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. 

Objectives:

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.

 

 New Models for Linking Informal Savings Groups to Formal Financial Services

Similar to CARE International's Closing the Gap report, this report looks at linkages from community level financing to established financial services. Through 5 country analyses, the report looks at the successes and challenges of bringing both groups together.

The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognised, but despite the growing international attention to the issue, numerous barriers remain. A key challenge has been finding cost-effective ways to connect the millions of people who participate in informal community savings groups to banks and other financial institutions. Over the past four years, CARE has tested eight innovative models for linking informal savings groups with companies in five African countries with exciting results that could help connect the developing world’s remaining “unbanked” populations with the formal global economy.

For further information, please see the attachement for the complete report.