Unequal power relations are at the root of poverty. These result in the unequal division of resources and opportunities between women and men, and rich and poor villages, cities and countries.

We cannot overcome poverty without addressing these issues. How does CARE work to overcome poverty?

CARE plays three roles for impacting on poverty and social injustice in our efforts to achieve lasting impact at scale and promote inclusive development. Working with our partners, we use effective models and approaches to support the most marginalised communities to overcome poverty, social injustice and humanitarian crises. We then use and apply the evidence and learning of our programs to influence broader change and to scale up effective solutions.

  • Humanitarian action: In emergencies, we respond to save lives, with special attention to the needs of women and girls and the most marginalised. Our humanitarian action includes preparedness and early action, emergency response and recovery, and encourages future resilience and equitable development. 
  • Promoting lasting change and innovative solutions: CARE and our partners trigger innovative solutions for sustainable development through supporting new ways of supplying or strengthening essential service delivery, building capacities, building resilience for reducing risk, and empowering the most vulnerable, particularly women and girls. They are based on a deep, historical understanding of the drivers of poverty and social injustice in a particular context and tailored to the needs of the most marginalised. We have a special focus in the areas of rights to a life free of violence; to food and nutrition security; and women’s economic empowerment. The evidence and learning from these programs is essential to for our third role, which amplifies our impact. 
  • Multiplying impact: All our work seeks to impact in and beyond the communities in which we directly work. Together with our partners we use the evidence, learning and innovation from our humanitarian action and long-term development programs to influence broader social change, at a significant scale. It is through this role that CARE can contribute to deeper and sustainable impact by documenting successful models, leveraging knowledge, advocating for replication and expansion of proven approaches, promoting pro-poor solutions, influencing power holders at all levels to change their policies and practices, and convening and brokering linkages between actors.

In all three roles, CARE works in partnership with a wide range of actors from civil society, government and the private sector. Each of these sectors has a critical and complementary role to play. Given CARE’s expertise and knowledge, we aim to be the partner of choice for governments, civil society organisations, social movements, the private sector, and donors who seek long-term solutions for fighting poverty and social injustice.


Within this framework, CARE Indonesia focuses its work on the three areas of:

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response'
  • Integrated Risk Management: Responding to Climate Change, Resilience, and Food Security
  • Empowerment of Women and Youth

Our key impact group is women and girls in both urban and rural settings. Our experience shows us that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. For this reason, CARE focuses on building the capacity of women leaders and potential leaders, including girls and young women.