Atharai is one of the most remote villages of Tala Upazila in the district of Satkhira, Bangladesh. It is vulnerable to climate challenges such as waterlogging, salinity, floods, storm surges, cyclones, dense fog, and droughts. Almost 90% of the households there depend primarily on agriculture. For the last ten years, farmers have been struggling to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. Rice, which is the major crop, was failing to produce the yields that had been seen in the past. The rice breeds grown in Atharai require large volumes of water for irrigation, but due to drought farmers were experiencing higher production costs. Pathways Bangladesh formed Farmers Field and Business Schools...No commentsRead more
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The Pathways program has collaborated with the Odisha Government’s Department of Agriculture Engineering to provide improved agriculture tools at a subsidized price, and CARE has further provided a weighing scale from its own funding to support farmers. These tools have been provided to female members of 148 self-help groups in all Pathways project villages in the Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts. These agri-tools are owned and managed by members of the self-help groups. A visit was recently made to three project villages, namely Dandikia, Adasuga and Dupepada in the Kandhmal district, to better understand the present conditions and power dynamics in use and management of the agri-tools....No commentsRead more
Ivy has recently joined the Malawi Pathways team as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. In her role she is responsible for monitoring gender behavioral changes with the use of gender dialogue tools, providing technical support to the Pathways program personnel, and information management of project outputs, outcomes, and impact. Ivy has a degree in Agriculture with a major in Nutrition from the University of Malawi, and has completed some course work for an MSc in Research Methods. Prior to joining the Pathways team Ivy worked with NGOs and research organizations as well as doing her own consultancy around data management. She is excited to work for CARE...No commentsRead more
This years' American Evaluation Association Annual Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia with the theme: "Evaluation + Design". Along with many other organizations and agencies focused on evaluation, the Pathways program made a presentation during a session on using and 'fusing' Outcome Mapping to design and assess programming in complex contexts.
The Pathways team presented on the abstract: "Outcome Mapping framework for context-specific gender monitoring: Applying Outcome Mapping to promote gender-transformative change in diverse cultural contexts". The presentation discussed CARE’s experience of adopting the Outcome Mapping methodology not only to monitor but also to promote gender-related behavior changes within the Pathways program. In...No commentsRead more
October 13 has been declared the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) by the United Nations. Bangladesh is a country prone to natural disaster and observes the day at both the national and District/Upazila levels. The Pathways program participated in events held at educational institutions within the program's Upazilas and an event at the national level celebrated with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM). The days' events included a rally for awareness, art competition, and discussion session. At the national level CARE took part in poster printing, rally and a discussion session held in Dhaka. [caption id="attachment_2360" align="aligncenter" width="553"]No commentsRead more
As a response to climate vulnerabilities in Bangladesh, CARE Pathways has implemented a new strategy to find more holistic solutions that permit Bangladeshis to lead lives that are less susceptible to the effects of climate change. To support this strategy, we implemented the Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) tool, a participatory tool that is based on a toolkit designed and funded by International Rescue Committee, OXFAM, and USAID. The main purpose of the toolkit is to increase and improve the quality of interventions that an NGO is implementing with a scope to identify the most critical needs of the beneficiaries that are most affected...No commentsRead more
In July (25th-29th) 2016, three Pathways core team members joined with Ghana Pathways staff for a refresher training on gender indicators monitoring. Eighteen staff participated in the training, from CARE Ghana, PRUDA (an implementing partner organization), GES Gender Officer from Lambussie district, and community-level gender champions. The purpose of the training was to build the team’s capacity to (1) understand and use the identified gender indicators to observe and measure the social norm changes in Pathways communities, to (2) collect second round of data on the gender indicators, and to (3) analyse data and write report. In addition to developing these skills, the team also...No commentsRead more
In Malawi, the El Niño climatic event is causing further challenges for farmers who have already faced periods of low rainfall for the past 2 years. In July of 2016, the Pathways Malawi team, accompanied by summer intern Amelia Conrad, and Ministry of Agriculture staff, undertook a study to assess the impact of the drought on Pathways' communities. The findings of that study emphasized the severity of the drought and the level of need currently experienced by rural villagers throughout large swaths of the country. Among the households surveyed, much more time is now being devoted to...No commentsRead more
Kandhamal, Kalahandi, and Nabarangapur are predominantly tribal dominated districts and are among the poorest ones in Odisha. CARE India has been implementing the Pathways program in these districts since 2012. CARE India has collaborated with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to provide stress-tolerant varieties of paddy seeds in the Pathways program area in Kandhamal, Kalahandi, and Nabarangapur districts in June 2016. Stress -olerant paddy varieties such as Sahbhagi Dhan, Bina Dhan 11, DRR 42 and DRR 44 have been provided to small holder women farmers belonging to SC...No commentsRead more
In visiting communities in the Upper East region of Ghana to perform my evaluation of the Talking Book technology that CARE has been piloting, I have learned a lot from various community members on the efforts they have initiated for development inspired by the work of CARE and other NGOs in the area.
One of the most inspiring community self-development efforts I was able to learn about was the creation of the Bulpielisi Women’s Association. This association was inspired by the women’s experiences in their Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups, initially organized by CARE.
From their participation in...No commentsRead more