Governance Case Profiles

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Governance Working Group Paper #1 Governance Case Profiles Synthesized by Joe Stuckey/1 September 14, 2003 1 Throughout this document much of the text in the profiles is extracted directly from the source documents. Except for editorial comments which are fairly obvious, most of the text is directly quoted, edited, or paraphrased. The intention is to transmit as much as possible the voice of each case's author. 1
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Dear Colleagues, CARE programs are gradually focusing on negotiated development agenda that address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization. Therefore, stakeholder rights and responsibilities are becoming central to strategic planning and program development at both the global and country office levels. Program staff at all levels are in an intense process of learning and discovery about the roles and activities that allow them to engage stakeholders in a profound manner. In all regions and many country offices, “promoting good governance”, which practically blends our conventional program approaches with the realm of politics, is emerging as central to CARE poverty eradication and social justice goals. A small Working Group was formed to introspect contemporary thinking within CARE and analyze, synthesize, and disseminate lessons learned from a variety of case examples derived from diverse social problems and contexts in the field. The Working Group members include David Kauck, Collin Beckwith, Marcos Neto, Michael Drinkwater, Dan Maxwell, Michael Rewald, Isam Ghanim and Jennifer Rowell (CARE-IUK). Several staff from all over the world provided valuable contributions throughout the process. You will find their names referenced in the relevant sections. David Kauck, Dan Maxwell, and Marcos Neto completed the regional summaries of case examples provided by staff in South and West Africa, East and Central Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Please take the time to study the two papers: (1) Towards an Understanding of Governance and (2) Governance Case Profile. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas to effectively promote learning about this area. Isam Ghanim PAD Director 2
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Overview Since the mid-1990's, CARE USA and CARE International have been engaged in an organizational learning and change effort to increase the quality and impact of their programming. The central thrust has been to understand underlying causes of poverty – not just generally, but in the very specific places where CARE works. 2 A central conclusion is that underlying causes of poverty are relational, and involve systemic patterns of inclusion and exclusion, for example in gender relationships. These are buttressed by institutions which are the formal and informal "rules of the game" by which stakeholders interact. Understanding institutions, stakeholder interests, incentives and the use of power in relationships, are key to finding strategic leverage points to influence the flow of future events. In 2003, CARE convened a small group of people to summarize what the organization
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