CARE shares learnings from latest impact analysis of contributions to the SDGs

CARE International releases “CARE and the SDGs: Impact and Learning Analysis 2015-2020” a report demonstrating the contributions of CARE and our partners towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Today, CARE International released our report outlining the contribution CARE and our partners have made to advance 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), from 2015 to 2020. Not only does the report reveal a positive change for 157 million people, 63% of whom are women or girls, in 81 countries, but also reveals some of the key lessons drawn from programs ceding higher impact over the reporting period.

CARE uses the SDG indicators to guide our data collection against a common global measurement framework, and to be accountable to the collective global vision the SDGs presents.

Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro, Secretary General of CARE International says: “The Sustainable Development Goals reflect a global vision of a brighter world of dignity, equality, sustainability and prosperity for all. These aspirations not only unite and inspire us, but also provide a common language and framework to hold each other to account”

CARE released its first SDG impact report in 2019, for this second report Burden notes: “As a learning organization very much guided by our community driven evidence base, it is important for us to not just analyze our own impact towards the SDGs, but also share our lessons and learnings more widely across the sector to help amplify best practice and seek greater collective impact as a global community.”

In this report, CARE’s contributions to the global goals were measured based on evaluations, learning summaries or periodic outcome reports from over 1,300 projects and advocacy/influencing initiatives, from 2015 to 2020. CARE and our partners contributed to significant change in the form of:

The report revealed how 63% of CARE International’s contributions to the SDGs came from advocacy, and how 91% of our highest impact programs noted the collaboration with partners as a key driver of impact. Through analyzing the data, improvements for CARE’s programmatic approach were identified, which was then incorporated into the development of CARE’s new 2030 organizational strategy.

“Across this period, three critical learnings have emerged from our analysis, the power of advocacy, the importance of partnership and the centrality of gender equality in all that we do” said Allison Burden, CARE International’s Global Program Director. “For us, the presence or absence of these key elements can often dictate whether a program will contribute to impact at scale and sustain, or not.”

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