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Resources are an integral part of CARE Rwanda's work and success within the country. They provide valuable to staff and partners to support the work of CARE Rwanda in empowering vulnerable women. 

Micro-Finance in Africa: State-of-the-Sector Report

This review focuses on the potential for the savings-led microfinance (MF) movement in sub-Saharan Africa to close an important gap in MF so that all poor people can access the financial products and services (including most fundamentally savings, credit, insurance, and remittances) that they need to improve their lives and livelihoods.

In collaboration with Access Africa, CARE International advocates for micro-finance movement in sub-Saharan Africa and speaks to the initiatives of financial inclusion and local, small-level lending and saving within communities to help eradicate poverty throughout Africa. 

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

Strong Women, Strong Communities

CARE International's women empowerment report outlines their holistic approach to empowering women and girls across the globe in the fight against poverty.

CARE's theory of women empowerment, refined through research, programming, and partnership with others, identifies three critical factors:

  1. Women's own knowledge, skills, and aspirations
  2. The environments and structures that influence or dictate the choices women can make
  3. The relationships through which women negotiate their lives

CARE applauds the commitment to empowering women and girls that increasingly unites world leaders, activists, development experts and other agents of positive change around the world. As the spotlight focuses more intensely on this shared purpose, we take this opportunity to offer our perspective about what empowerment often consists of in country settings and what works best to empower women and girls. Based on these findings, we offer recommendations for policy and solutions for practice.

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

The growth of any economy depends on capital accumulation, which in turn depends on investment and an equivalent amount of savings to match it. Two of the most important issues in development economics and for developing countries are how to stimulate investment and increase the level of saving to fund increased investment. Understanding the determinants of the aggregate savings rate is a crucial prerequisite in designing a number of policy interventions; from the design of the tax and social security system to the layout of financial markets regulations. It is therefore not surprising that the analysis of saving behaviour has become one of the central issues in empirical macroeconomics.

CARE Rwanda uses this mobilization strategy to help promote financial inclusion within local communities for models such as their Village Savings and Loans Model.

Please see the attachment to read the entire strategy plan.

The Government of Rwanda's Vision 2020 policy on Umurenge - An Integrated Local Development Program to Accelerate Poverty Eradication, Rural Growth, and Social Protection - helps leverage technical and financial assistance to accelerate the rate of poverty reduction. Under Vision 2020, this policy aims to reduce extreme poverty by 2020.

Through these policy aims, CARE Rwanda finds support for their financial education and support projects. 

Please see the attachment to read the whole policy. 

According to the Rwandan Ministry of Education, the education of all children is an important responsibility that needs to be upheld the growth and social development of a nation. Due to previous gender biases, the education of girls has often been neglected and restricted, but the government has recognized that girls education is equally imortant because it will yield high socio-economic profits for an entire population. Through MINEDUC's policies, CARE Rwanda has the ability to empower girls in vulnerable conditions. Their education is a pivotol aspect to ensuring that CARE Rwanda's programs work efficiently and effectively. 

Please see the attachment to read the entire policy.


The CARE Emergency Pocketbook is designed to provide practical guidelines and tools for staff who are responding to emergencies. It provides a step-by-step guide for what to do when an emergency first hits. It also contains CARE’s most important emergency management protocols, plus summary guidelines and tools for emergency programs and operations. The tools and formats section includes the most critical formats and checklists, such as alert and sitrep forms, assessment checklists, and many others. All CARE managers and staff working in emergencies should use the pocketbook as a quick, practical guide so that our responses are as effective as possible and meet internationally agreed standards.


This toolkit was created by CARE Rwanda in collaboration with the European Union and the Government of Rwanda in order to provide a guide for the 'Nkundabana' Community Mentorship model for CARE's OVC Program. The model has elements of support and skills that help merge and consolidate the other aspects of the OVC Program and its projects. 

In this way, the toolkit provides specific lessons, activities, and implementation aspects for the mentoring model so that it can be efficiently used in communities, resulting in the most effective outcomes. Consisting of a step-by-step guide, institutional framework for implementation, and an evaluation approach to monitor the model's progress, the toolkit is an instrumental feature to ensuring the sucess of the 'Nkundabana' model and the OVC project. 

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

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