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New Asia Impact Report provides greater donor accountability

CARE today launched the Asia Impact Report which provides a review of the impact of CARE’s work in Asia from 2005 to 2010. The report is the first of its kind in Australia and is part of CARE’s commitment to transparency, which is important for the 87 per cent of Australian donors who want to know more about how donations are spent.

CARE Australia CEO Dr Julia Newton-Howes said, ‘The report shows the positive and significant impact CARE’s work has had on the lives of millions of poor people in Asia and provides greater accountability to supporters who entrust CARE with money,’

Key report findings show that CARE programs:

  • Reached 10 million people through food and nutritional security projects, including reducing average malnutrition rates by 21.5 per cent in target communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, benefiting more than two million children - Addressed income poverty for nine million people, including increasing the average annual income of almost 2.7 million people on average by 117 per cent in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam - Benefited two million people through education projects, which contributed to raising overall primary enrolment rates on average by 74 per cent for target communities in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Nepal and Timor-Leste - Provided emergency relief to more than 4.3 million people including shelter, water and sanitation, food and health support

Dr Newton-Howes said the report showed that CARE had helped millions of people across Asia.

‘Our programs are underpinned by a common vision and principles, such as working with communities to identify the challenges they face and developing appropriate responses to these that are grounded in local realities and achieve positive and lasting change,’ she said.

‘In addition to the significant changes achieved across the Asia region, this report informs CARE’s continuous improvement approach, particularly around enhancing our measurement systems. The report also validates forward directions that CARE is already taking, including our current shift to long-term programming. This approach allows us to develop a 10 to 15 year vision of the impact required to meet the needs of poor and vulnerable communities, and target our projects accordingly.’

The publication reflects CARE’s commitment to understanding and measuring impact and being accountable to the societies in which it works, and the donors who make our work possible.

CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.

To download the report visit http://www.care.org.au/special-reports

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For more information, images, a case study or to arrange interviews, please contact CARE Australia Media Advisor Laura Hill on 0419 567 777