Country Specific Innovation
For over 25 years, CARE has been using village saving and loans association (VSLAs) to enable women living in poverty to increase their financial skills and assets. For Countries in the Southern Region this has led to different approaches and innovations. This paper highlights key innovations that Country offices used in working with VSLAs to achieve:

SuPER production

Nutrition Specific & Nutrition Sensitive Programming

Linkage to Formal Service Provisiob

Scale (Advocacy & Partinership)

 

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BACKGROUND
According to the UN, rising food and nutrition insecurity in the face of climate change will be a defining challenge of the 21st century.2 Food and nutrition security encompasses the availability of food, access to nutritious food, stability of food supplies, and good care, feeding, health and sanitation practices.
Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change Resilience (hereafter FNS/CCR) was the theme chose as a result of CARE’s Sub-Regional Review that was carried out in 2015. Under the review, CARE will work with partners to

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Introduction

Women and girls in Tanzania face gender inequalities and injustices in social, political, and economic relations and structures that limit their agency to participate in society and claim their rightsPatriarchal norms and traditions, coupled with gender-blind legal frameworks, perpetuate unequal power relations that create major challenges to achieving socio-economic development in Tanzania. In this context, The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) sub-strategy provides goals and actions to promote women’s economic empowerment, advance gender equality, and address social injustices affecting rural women in Tanzania. GEWE is a major component of CARE Tanzania’s Wezesha country office strategy, which seeks to improve the livelihoods of women in food-insecure rural households dependent on agriculture and natural resources. GEWE is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Women’s empowerment is both a means and solution to each of the SDGs, and a standalone goal to be achieved in every country signed up to the goals: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG No. 5).
Women and girls in Tanzania face gender inequalities and injustices in social, political, and economic relations and structures that limit their agency to participate in society and claim their rightsPatriarchal norms and traditions, coupled with gender-blind legal frameworks, perpetuate unequal power relations that create major challenges to achieving socio-economic development in Tanzania. Likewise, global climate change campaigns advocate for gender equality and climate justice in all post-2015 agreements. Climate change aggravates endemic gender inequalities such that girls and women assume the greatest impacts from climate shocks and stresses in their communities. GEWE programming works to increase women’s income  and economic security in order to improve rural livelihoods. >The Tanzanian government (GoT) has taken measures to mainstream gender in legal and institutional frameworks, but there remains ample need to expand these efforts. Donors, cognizant that gender inequality impedes poverty reduction, are moving towards gender- transformative programming approaches. The GEWE sub- strategy responds to these trends, serving as a platform for partnership with diverse actors and institutions to alleviate the costs of gender inequality in Tanzania.

Likewise, global climate change campaigns advocate for gender equality and climate justice in all post-2015 agreements. Climate change aggravates endemic gender inequalities such that girls and women assume the greatest impacts from climate shocks and stresses in their communities. GEWE programming works to increase women’s income  and economic security in order to improve rural livelihoods.