Empowerment of Women and Youth


Work in this area covers the current and expected programs focusing on women's empowerment, and is expected to broaden to include sexual and reproductive health and risks (SRHR).

Through economic empowerment of women corridor, we build on existing programs which focus on skills (soft and hard), enterpreneurship, financial inclusions, and value chains. We target 1.000.000 individuals in the next three years who will experience increased resilience and economic empowerment especially in urban and coastal regions of Java and Sulawesi.

Under our Asia regional programs, CARE International Indonesia will also contribute to the following program:

  • Dignified Work: CARE anticipates significant opportunities in Indonesia, particularly due to its strategic geopolitical positioning within ASEAN and in global supply chains.
  • Life Free from Violence: CARE will identify opportunities through its work in the above areas to contribute to outcomes related to women and girls' sexual, reproductive, and maternal health, and a life free from violence, building on CARE's experiences in the region. This is expected to also link the areas of support above.


Economic Empowerment

One of CARE’s areas of expertise is in the improvement of livelihood security and resilience for vulnerable people through economic empowerment. CARE believes that with improved economic security and resilience, vulnerable people are able to move themselves out of poverty through sustainable engagement in dignified and gainful economic activities.

CARE is active in:

  • Economic self- reliance and resilience building for vulnerable people
  • Sustainable micro enterprise development
  • Enabling business environments for micro and small enterprises

Using a locally adapted market-based approach, CARE has experience in developing micro enterprises through individual capacity development of women entrepreneurs and value chain strengthening.

CARE’s economic development team works from the design process to the implementation (including module development and capacity strengthening), and follows up with coaching, monitoring and evaluation (including impact assessment) to accomplish economic empowerment initiatives.

In addition to partnering with government, CARE also engages with civil society and the private sector to create sustainable and collaborative economic development initiatives. This strategy involves empowering multilevel communities, with a focus on women and youth, that range from farmers, workers, people with disabilities, households, and micro and small businesses, including business service providers, in both urban and rural areas.


Click here to read the final version of the Global Report that captures the results of CARE’s 3-year partnership programme with H&M Foundation, and includes profiles of women CARE worked with in Indonesia to build their micro and small businesses.


Click here to read the story of Yuliana, one of the beneficiaries of the H&M Foundation partnership. Yuliana came from being married at the age of the 13 and trafficked to Malaysia, to now being a successful entrepreneur who can employ other former migrant workers.