Advocacy at different levels complements this work as a way to continuously address drivers of conflict and root causes of crises. These are organised not only at global level (e.g. through calling for cease-fires) but also in the local ecosystem. For example, CARE WBG and partners lobbied local authorities for the implementation of signed international agreements or for the improvement of services provided by public and private actors to meet the needs of female value chain actors as well.

So far this nexus approach has yielded two main benefits:

  • Gender moves more to the centre by looking at gender-specific needs and constraints for both short- and long-term goals, allowing more for working towards gender-transformative change (that aims to change underlying causes of gender inequality) in assessments, activities, partnerships and knowledge production.
  • Local, innovative partnerships (locally owned, mutual-beneficial processes that build local capacities) can multiply impact of activities, especially when non-traditional partners, like market system actors, are involved.

Reaching the most vulnerable in Syria while rehabilitating value chains

Reaching between 900,000 and one million people in the last two years, CARE Syria has been making a significant effort to touch the lives of Syrians impacted by the on-going conflict, which has seen more than half of the population displaced.