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The CARE International Humanitarian Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning group
The CI Humanitarian MEAL group acts as a reference team to to strengthen CARE’s approach to humanitarian MEAL with the following objectives:
Full Terms of Reference:2019-01-08_hummeal_wg_tor.docx
CARE is committed to accountable development and humanitarian programming that advances and upholds the rights of the most vulnerable and excluded communities around the world, especially women and girls. We recognise that CARE (as an international organisation) and our partners (through their association with us) hold power derived from our resources, influence and connections. The difference in power between ourselves and our project participants can deter those in vulnerable positions from holding us to account.Therefore Feedback and Accountability Mechanisms (FAMs) must be in place in all areas where CARE operates (including where we operate through partners),to ensure that the opinions of project participants and members of the communities where we operate – including the most marginalised - inform our programming, irrespective of the duration or nature of the intervention (e.g. humanitarian, development, direct implementation, with partners etc.).
This guidance outlinesCARE’s standards for setting up and operating a Feedback and Accountability Mechanism (FAM). This guidance includes the following types of resources:
Whilst we always adapt our interventions to the context where we operate, programmatic realities and constraints,the FAM standards outlined in this document are applicable universally across all of CARE’s interventions, in both development and humanitarian programming,whether programming is led by us or by our partners.
This guidance has been principally authored by a small team(including Moiez Ahmed, Laura Hughston, Uwe Korus, Victoria Palmer, Meagan Patterson and Margaux Saillard) and draws from practical experiences in establishing and learning form feedback mechanisms in a range of settings and in developing policies and procedures for creating safe and inclusive processes. Throughout the writing of this guidance, the content and approach has benefited from extensive inputs from CARE staff from across the federation. The authors would like to extend our gratitude to the many CARE Country Offices who made their experiences and tools available for this guidance.
This guidance document therefore offers an insight into current good practice in both the development and humanitarian sectors and were informed by a range of global debates and initiatives to foster greater accountability. The HUM MEAL WG will howeverseek to continually improve this guidance and draw more on the practice and learning from CARE teams across the world.
We recognise that attaining excellence in our daily practice of accountability will required more than just this guidance. Sustained commitment, resourcing and honest reflection grounded in our experience and continued innovation will be required. In this spirit we commit to continuing supporting those across the CARE federation devoted to creating, operating and improving FAMs. Queries and requests for support should be directed to: CIFAMSupport@careinternational.org.