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Friday
Aug282015

Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change

  

This set of pocket guides is a resource for field agents working in agricultural extension. The concepts, information and practices in these guides support CRS' work with farm families and help reduce their risks from weather changes.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Manual for Non-Profit Social Housing

  

This manual supports stakeholders who participate in developing social housing. Catholic Relief Services created the manual for stakeholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), but other countries may also find it useful.

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Wednesday
Aug192015

MARKit: Price Monitoring, Analysis and Response Kit

  

The Price Monitoring, Analysis and Response Kit (MARKit) was developed by representatives from the Local Regional Procurement (LRP) Learning Alliance to guide food assistance practitioners through the steps to monitor markets during the implementation of food assistance programs, and to ensure that programs remain responsive to changing market conditions.

This manual is intended to guide users through the toolkit, which consists of several related materials. The materials should be used in conjunction to have a full understanding of implementing MARKit.

Download the manual (PDF, 2.32 MB)

Download the toolkit:

  1. Worksheets (ZIP, 1,029 KB)
  2. Workbook with sample database (Excel, 221 KB)
  3. Sample report (Word, 118 KB)

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Tuesday
Jun162015

Expect the Unexpected: A Case Study of Impacts of Urban Food Vouchers in Somalia

  

This case study reviews CRS’ food voucher program in urban Somalia over two years, which brought benefits to markets and communities beyond its intended scope. The study is intended as a resource for practitioners and others looking to learn from recent experiences in urban market-based approaches and food security, as well as a reference for those planning market-based food programming in urban or insecure environments.

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Friday
Jun052015

Évaluations concernant l’édification de la paix, la gouvernance et le genre : Guide de base pour praticiens occupés

  

This guide is designed for CRS and partner agency staff as they develop proposals for programs in various sectors. Each tool includes a list of general questions and key terms to be considered as conflict, governance and gender dynamics are assessed within the context of individual programs around the world.

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Wednesday
May272015

Electronic Cash Grants in Emergencies: Approaches and Lessons Learned

  

This case study provides a snapshot of best practices, lessons learned and recommendations for electronic cash distributions during an emergency response. Based on a pilot project carried out by Catholic Relief Services/Caritas in Jordan, the highlighted principles and practices can be adapted by humanitarian response peers in diverse contexts.

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Wednesday
May062015

Peacebuilding, Governance and Gender Assessments: A Basic Guide for Busy Practitioners

  

This guide is designed for CRS and partner agency staff as they develop proposals for programs in various sectors. Each tool includes a list of general questions and key terms to be considered as conflict, governance and gender dynamics are assessed within the context of individual programs around the world.

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Monday
Apr202015

Delivering Health Microinsurance through Savings and Internal Lending Communities: An Evaluation of CRS' Experience in Benin

Delivering Health Microinsurance through Savings and Internal Lending Communities: An Evaluation of CRS Experience in Benin   

In Benin, the average household spends more than 40% of its total budget on out-of-pocket health expenses each year.

Catholic Relief Services and partners piloted a health microinsurance product and delivered it through savings groups in Benin. We introduced a digital solution to improve efficiency and scalability. This document evaluates the project's ability to increase access to health services among rural households.

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Download the full evaluation (PDF, 1.4 MB)

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Thursday
Apr162015

Extending Impact: Factors Influencing Households to Adopt Disaster-Resistant Practices in Post-disaster Settings

  

CRS has helped more than 165,000 families in disaster‑affected communities to reconstruct their homes using specific hazard-resistant practices over the past decade. This report outlines the findings of a study conducted by CRS to examine the use of these practices by individuals without program support.

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Monday
Mar232015

Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children Affected by HIV and Other Adversities

   This brief gives an overview of the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) project. 4Children is a five-year, USAID-funded project designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities.

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Read online
Visit the project page

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Tuesday
Mar172015

CRS' Global Gender Strategy

   This document outlines CRS’ global strategy for gender-responsive programming to be used in our emergency and development work around the world. The strategy renews CRS’ commitment to putting gender at the core of our programming and ensuring equitable participation and benefit of women and men, girls and boys for enhancing program quality.

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Monday
Mar162015

A Sample Gender Analysis (Abridged)

  

This document is a condensed version of a full gender analysis of a food security program in Ethiopia. We hope that program staff will use this condensed version as a template when conducting their own gender analyses.

The document provides an example of what a gender analysis looks like and the questions it seeks to answer—as well as how to collect the data, analyze findings, and incorporate those findings into a program strategy. Conducting a gender analysis is an important step in helping program staff understand and address gender inequalities to maximize program results and outcomes and achieve a greater impact in the communities they serve.

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Tuesday
Feb032015

Engaging Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health

  

Because of their roles as decision makers and heads of household, men play an important role in improving maternal and child health care in their communities. This facilitator's guide focuses on training male volunteers to become "counselors" who encourage fathers to change practices or adopt new behaviors that will help improve the health of their wives and children.

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Download the PDF (French, 0.35 MB)

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Tuesday
Jan062015

L’intervention humanitaire dans une situation de conflit violent: Boîte à outils d’indicateurs tenant compte des conflits (avec notes d’orientation)

  

This toolbox adapts a sample of 15 indicators from the SPHERE Project's Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response to be even more conflict sensitive while remaining practical and user-friendly.

It facilitates more intentional collaboration between humanitarian response and justice and peacebuilding program practitioners in the design and implementation of joint programmatic efforts.

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Monday
Dec152014

Humanitarian Response in Violent Conflict: A Toolbox of Conflict Sensitive Indicators (Arabic version)

  

This toolbox adapts a sample of 15 indicators from the SPHERE Project's Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response to be even more conflict sensitive while remaining practical and user-friendly.

It facilitates more intentional collaboration between humanitarian response and justice and peacebuilding program practitioners in the design and implementation of joint programmatic efforts.

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