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We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. CARE will be a global force and partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people.

 - CARE's Vision


At its core, this site is about making good of our vision.

Gender and power analysis form a foundation from which to contribute toward just and sustainable impact toward gender equality.

This site presents options and reflections on analysis of gender and power. This is no 'how-to' guide, but a toolbox of methods with discussion on tried successes, struggles and lessons on gender analysis. 

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 Case Examples - Experiences with Analysis

Gender Sex and PowerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CARE - Strategic Impact InquiryAn impact study on women's empowerment, HIV vulnerability, and programming in Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, India, Lesotho and Peru.
UCP StudiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CARE International - East/Central Africa RegionA participatory learning and action exercise to understand poverty dynamics, identify impact groups and design programs. This work was developed in Bangladesh and Nepal, and replicated in Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Men and BoysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CARE International - BalkansThis study worked with young men in the Balkans to deconstruct the definition of masculinity in terms of gender norms, socialization and attitudes toward women.
LAC Analysis for Program DevelopmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CARE International - Latin America/Caribbean RegionThis inquiry explored how CARE can best influence broader change for women's rights by engaging activists on program design and strategies.

 Latest Tools and Updates

surveys and interviewsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
To discover quantitative information about people's opinions, beliefs and practices, and about service need or coverage of project access, so that the information may be analyzed statisticallyM&E Tool Box and Training (Barton; Caldwell, Sprechmann and Rugh) 5/14/2012 3:36 PM
Decision-making_ExercisesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
A set of tools to explore which decisions are within the power of women girls and which are not. Variations focus on decisions related to sexual relations.CARE South Africa, CARE Mozambique (S Long)4/10/2012 3:10 PM
force-field analysisUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Explores the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that constrain or reinforce a particular issue or condition. These factors can span across agency, structures and relations.CARE and ICRW - ISOFI Toolkit4/10/2012 3:06 PM
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 Top-rated Tools

gender idealsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Uses brainstorming, illustration (or in some cases sculpture modeling) to discuss what defines an ideal man, woman, boy or girl (structures, relations, agency).
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daily time useUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Looks at what tasks and leisure time comprise men’s and women’s days (agency); and how gendered activities are valued, respected or awarded through income;  the exercise can uncover gendered norms and attitudes about men’s/women’s work (structures).
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Community, Social and Resource MappingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Maps the spatial  spread, natural resources, access to infrastructure and the dynamics of inclusion/exclusion from development and decision-making (structures).
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well-being analysisUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Illustrates who are poor, middle and rich within a community, and patterns by which groups are generally excluded in regard to well-being status (structures). and what activities they can engage (agency).
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stakeholder and institution mappingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Maps what are key institutions and who are key stakeholders in a given environment (structures), and what are their relationships with the groups at the heart of a study.
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