Welcome to the editions of the CARE Quarterly Post, which provides an update on the work of CARE International in Tanzania.

Core to this edition of the Post is our Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment program, aimed at ensuring that the impact CARE has on women and girls in Tanzania can be felt within communities for years to come. This edition celebrates CARE’s role in achieving financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and gender equality across Tanzania.

Reflecting on 2016 we see clouds darkening above our blue planet: there are important global political shifts on the horizon, armed conflict continues in many parts of the world, poverty and vulnerability of refugees remains a deep concern.  This edition then wants to bring you something positive - as a reminder of what can be achieved when we work together, and evidence that we can have a positive impact on the lives of girls and women when we all set our minds to it.

We hope you’ll enjoy this edition and look forward to working with you in 2017, along with the opportunities a new year will offer us to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

With very best wishes,

Paul Daniels
Country Director

CARE’S LEARNING HUB FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION

In December, Tanzania was ranked the leading country in East Africa and sub-Saharan Africa for having an enabling environment for financial inclusion*. Coincidentally, the CARE office in Dar es Salaam has begun efforts to establish a Savings Led Financial Inclusion learning hub. The learning hub will be one of four based across CARE’s six Southern Africa country offices, each addressing priority learning themes. The other hubs, run out of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, will focus on Climate Resilient Agriculture, Gender, and Nutrition respectively.
 
The enabling environment for Financial Inclusion in Tanzania, program portfolio delivered by the CARE team in country and their associated research agendas, position the Tanzania Country Office as a strategic hub from which to disseminate learning.
 
The function of the Learning Hub will be multifaceted, including:

  • Establishing a portfolio of projects and identifying flagship Financial Inclusion projects for CARE across the region;
  • Design and delivery of innovative research projects;
  • Hosting of learning events and dissemination of learning papers and best practice models; and
  • Development of policy briefs and position papers for Governments and peer organizations.
An outward looking organization, the learning hub will not only be for CARE, but open to external organizations and regional partners working in the Financial Inclusion sector. We look forward to inviting you to be part of the learning hub.
 
* In The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Microscope 2016 overall scores and rankings, Tanzania ranked 9th out of 55 countries in the world. The ranking was assessed using 12 indicators in determining global progress and challenges facing financial inclusion.