Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE works with the poorest communities in 95 countries to:
- improve basic health and education
- enhance rural livelihoods and food security
- increase access to clean water and sanitation
- expand economic opportunity
- help vulnerable people adapt to climate change
- provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies
CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
CARE Canada is headquartered in Ottawa but receives support from staff around the world. The majority of our staff are from the communities and countries in which they work, however these local staff are complemented by many international staff who are deployed to regions around the world.
Globally, CARE Canada is a member of the CARE International federation, comprised of: CARE Australia, CARE Austria, CARE Canada, CARE Denmark, CARE Germany-Luxembourg, CARE France, CARE India, CARE Japan, CARE Netherlands, CARE Norway, CARE Peru, CARE Raks Thai, CARE UK and CARE USA.
CARE International is a signatory to internationally accepted humanitarian standards and codes of conduct, in particular:
- The Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief (1994)
- the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability which sets out Nine Commitments that the humanitarian sector can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of disaster assistance. (2014)
CARE International engages in the following platforms to improve humanitarian policies and actions:
- The Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) Alliance formed in 2015 by the merger of HAP International and People In Aid, leads and facilitates the development, promotion and maintenance of the CHS. As a member of the CHS Alliance, CARE takes leadership in establishing functional accountability mechanisms for crisis affected people in general and women and girls in particular. CARE is dedicated to aligning its own Humanitarian Accountability Framework to the CHS principles.
- The Sphere Project is based on two core beliefs: Firstly, that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of calamity and conflict and secondly, that those affected by disaster have the right to a life with dignity and therefore a right to assistance. (Note: Since 2015, the Core Humanitarian Standard has replaced the Sphere Project Core Standards.)
- Charter4Change: An initiative led by both national and international NGOs to practically implement changes to the way the humanitarian system operates to enable a more locally-led response.
CARE Canada is a founding member of the Humanitarian Coalition, a group of 5 leading humanitarian agencies who work together during period of international humanitarian crisis to reduce unnecessary competition, inform the public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of Canadian humanitarian responses and reduce administrative costs.
CARE Canada hosts the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN), a community of practice convening 32 Canadian Humanitarian Organisations, aiming to share lessons learned with the view to strengthen the quality and efficiency of humanitarian action by creating a conversation around key humanitarian policy issues and practices.