Ongoing Framework programmes
In a variety of ways, women and girls are discriminated against and disadvantaged in very many regions of this world. With its framework programme, Learning for Change: Strengthening Women’s Voices in East Africa, CARE contributes to gender equity and the self-determination of women and girls in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. The programme strengthens 32 civil-society organisations and government agencies and enables them to successfully mainstream and promote the equal treatment of men and women in their own poverty reduction programmes. The focus is placed on training personnel at these institutions in selected gender issues. The aim is to change social norms, also with the involvement of men and boys, and strengthen women in social functions and at individual level. Advocacy work also demands respect for the rights of women and girls and exerts a positive influence on the framework for gender equity. Cross-border exchange of knowledge and experience plays a special role. About 644,000 people will benefit from the planned measures.
The substantive goal of the framework programme of HORIZONT3000 is the verifiable improvement in the conditions of life of disadvantaged people and their empowerment in Africa and Central America.
The activities in the target regions comprise the following the sectors/areas:
- Rural development/Natural resource management, with a special focus on water, energy and food security ·
- Human rights and civil society with special attention paid to enabling local partner organisations to engage more in policy dialogue
- Knowledge management and organisational development with emphasis on the capacity development of local partner organisations, other civil-society organisations promoted by ADA and additional cooperation partners
The projects are carried out in 10 countries in Central America and Africa (Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, Mozambique and South Sudan). The specific poverty reduction activities benefit about 385,000 people in the project areas. Developing the capacity of partner organisations will increase their influence on agenda setting by local governments and meet the needs of marginalised population groups.
Ethiopia: 13 months of sunshine is a development programme to promote renewable energies and set up long-term courses for solar energy technicians in Ethiopia. An extensive training programme at vocational schools, specific training of teaching staff and students and the construction of pilot facilities contribute to promoting the use and expansion of renewable energy and institutionalise the programme in vocational schools. Together with Don Bosco partners, Jugend Eine Welt raises the interest of the local population in environmental issues and extends their knowledge about sustainable and clean energies. A total of about 200 electrical engineering teachers and over 5,000 students in the Gambela, Addis, Dila and Adwa municipalities will benefit.
The programme’s assimilation into local, national, regional, pan-African and global energy development programmes and its cooperation with government agencies will maximise its sustainability.
EcoHimal conducts activities for improving health care, access to education and the resilience of the population in remote mountain communities in Eastern and Western Nepal. It gives villagers access to primary health services, family planning and prenatal and postnatal care. It also instructs inhabitants in all issues to do with health and hygiene and is installing basic infrastructure for drinking water supply and sanitation. The programme also comprises literacy courses for women, setting up learning centres for youth and activities for improving food security and imparting knowledge in disaster preparedness and management. Special importance is attached to founding or strengthening local civil-society organisations to empower the target group as far as possible to actively claim their rights to health and education.
This will give rise to policy dialogue at local and national level and exert a beneficial influence on legislation in health and education. Altogether, the programme will benefit about 10,000 villagers in Eastern Nepal and about 17,000 in Western Nepal, with special account taken of women and disadvantaged and poor sections of the population.
South Caucasus is a region that is afflicted by many different crises and natural disasters. Devastating earthquakes, floods, heat waves and protracted dry periods increasingly jeopardise the livelihoods of people and hamper sustainable development in many areas. The aim of the framework programme with the Austrian Red Cross is to enhance the resilience of 32 rural and urban municipalities in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan against disasters and crisis situations to contribute to the long-term improvement in the conditions of life of the resident population. It does this by carrying out risk assessments and emergency planning together with the local population and the municipal authority. Voluntary disaster relief workers are trained, emergency plans are prepared for families, the population is informed about hazards and specific risks and small infrastructure projects are carried out for risk reduction - such as the afforestation of endangered slopes or vulnerable shorelines.
Besides activities to raise awareness among the population and transfer know-how, coordination and exchange also takes place in national disaster risk management platforms and volunteers and full-time personnel are trained to support community-based preparedness measures.
Improved communication and cooperation among authorities, institutions, private companies, civil-society organisations and the population foster mutual trust and lasting partnerships.
In the long term, a total population of about 670,000 people in four regions of the three project countries will benefit from improved disaster risk management thanks to the programme.
The aim of SOS Children's Village framework programme is to assure the protection of children at particular risk of poverty in Uganda and Ethiopia and provide them with sustainable and gender-sensitive support by strengthening the capacities of local partner organisations and community-based organisations (CBOs). SOS Children’s Village is engaged in safeguarding the rights of orphans and other children at particular risk (of poverty) and enables them to grow up in a loving, family environment supported by robust social networks.
The activities comprise capacity development of partner organisations and CBOs in organisational development, knowledge exchange and management, quality assurance and the mobilisation of local resources as well as setting up and extending systems for the protection and care of (orphan) children. The programme is also instigating a gender mainstreaming process with the partner organisations and local CBOs and conducting activities to raise awareness in the communities of equitable gender relations, violence against children and gender violence as issues.
The programme will directly benefit 4,400 children and 1,800 families, parents and carers in Uganda and Ethiopia. On completion, it will have established stronger social assistance systems and networks for orphans and other children at particular risk of poverty with an enduring commitment to fulfilling children’s rights and safeguarding their welfare.