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Monday
May192014

Farmbook Suite: ICT for Agribusiness and Rural Development 

  

This publication gives an overview of CRS' Farmbook Suite, a set of integrated field-based tools that we are developing and testing to help agents support farmer groups. The tools are designed to improve training, business planning, market analysis and GIS-linked service delivery.

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Friday
May092014

Rapid Economic Feasibility Study in Guatemala

   This study assesses smallholder opportunities in the cardamom, cinnamon, macadamia, and nutmeg value chains in Guatemala. It provides information on how each of these crops is currently integrated into existing farming systems and how they can be further developed to improve economic, environmental, and social outcomes.

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Tuesday
Mar252014

Strategic Community Peacebuilding in Practice

Strategic Community Peacebuilding in Practice   

This field-tested manual offers practical ways to implement peacebuilding principles at the community level. The manual includes:

  • Twelve practices for strategic peacebuilding
  • Tools for strategic peacebuilding
  • Examples from the field
  • Lessons learned
  • Additional resources

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Monday
Mar242014

WALA Malawi Fee-for-Service Delivery Channel: Agribusiness Service Providers

  

CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program’s agribusiness operations approach has helped farmers become more integrated into the market system in Malawi. This brochure gives an overview of the role of agribusiness service providers, the training provided by WALA, the results, and how the program has helped agribusiness service providers become self-sustaining business advisors.

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Monday
Mar242014

WALA Malawi Fee-for-Service Delivery Channel: Community Animal Health Workers

  

Livestock production is key to achieving food security, stabilizing cash flow and improving livelihoods. This brochure gives an overview of how CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program has been working with Paravets – community-based livestock husbandry and health providers – to improve food security.

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Thursday
Mar202014

How Capacity Strengthening Helped a Local Partner Grow by $4.1 Million in Ethiopia

How Capacity Strengthening Helped a Local Partner Grow by $4.1 Million in Ethiopia   

This learning paper describes how Catholic Relief Services helped a local partner to reach 1.5 million more beneficiaries and increase its value by $4.1 million.

The partner made dramatic improvements in program implementation, logistics, human resources and finance. It developed a solid foundation in the community, a data-driven culture, better cash flows, and more effective governance and strategic decision making.

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Thursday
Mar132014

WALA Malawi Fee-for-Service Delivery Channel: Savings Groups and Private Service Providers

  

CRS’ Private Service Provider (PSP) model helps ensure long-term, post-project availability of SILC services by preparing community agents to become independent private service providers. PSPs operate on a market-led basis by charging fees for services. This brochure gives an overview of how CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program in Malawi is incorporating the model to ensure future sustainability of the project’s village savings and loan program.

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Tuesday
Mar112014

How-to Guide: Promoting Education for All in Conservative Areas 

  

This guide promotes education for all in conservative areas, outlining a step-by-step process for bringing about positive change at the community level based on CRS Pakistan’s experience in working with religious leaders, communities, and schools. It is part of CRS’ ‘How-to’ guide series, which allows CRS country programs and their local implementing partners to highlight and share elements of their work that have been particularly successful and that have potential relevance across projects and borders.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Private Service Provider Implementation Manual

Private Service Provider Implementation Manual   

This manual provides step-by-step guidance to local organizations that wish to use the Private Service Provider, fee-for-service approach to implementing a savings group program.

The manual is divided into four modules:

  1. Project planning and agent recruitment
  2. Agent training and supervision
  3. Agent certification
  4. Organization of agents into sustainable networks

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Understanding Community Perceptions of Resilience: Discussions With Communities From CRS Disaster Risk Reduction Projects

Understanding Community Perceptions of Resilience: Discussions With Communities From CRS Disaster Risk Reduction Projects   

What does resilience mean to vulnerable communities? This question is crucial when designing initiatives to promote disaster risk reduction and resilience.

Catholic Relief Services recently interviewed vulnerable people from 12 communities in Asia and Latin America about what makes communities resilient. This study offers recommendations and lessons learned about what types of programs are most effective in promoting resilience.

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Monday
Feb102014

Gender in Agribusiness Report

  

This report describes the results of a study on gender dynamics in cash and food crop marketing clubs in Southern Malawi. The study was conducted as part of CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement project (WALA) by CRS partner ACDI/VOCA.

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Monday
Feb102014

Gender in Agribusiness Summary Paper

   This paper summarizes the results of a study on gender dynamics in cash and food crop marketing clubs in Southern Malawi. The study was conducted as part of CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement project (WALA) by CRS partner ACDI/VOCA.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

My Rights Matter: Using Education to Combat Harmful Child Labor in Guatemala

  

CRS is combating hazardous forms of child labor through education in rural indigenous communities in four municipalities in Guatemala. CRS’ program, called My Rights Matter or Nuyatalil-Wolken, incorporates education about children’s rights into various projects as well as advocacy, policy and community sensitization activities.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

Using Feedback and Response Mechanisms for Development Programming in Zimbabwe

Using Feedback and Response Mechanisms for Development Programming in Zimbabwe   

Feedback and response mechanisms provide a way for poor and vulnerable people to improve the programs that affect their lives. The international community is now realizing the importance of incorporating such mechanisms in development programs, not just in programs that respond to emergencies.

This fact sheet describes results and lessons learned from a food security program that used feedback and response mechanisms in a development context.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Revitalizing Vanilla in Madagascar

  

In Madagascar, CRS studied the feasibility of enhancing small farmer participation in the vanilla value chain and the opportunities this could offer farmers. The study results revealed vanilla is a value chain that offers significant opportunities for small-holder farmers in Madagascar. We are now pursuing opportunities to support these farmers to enhance their participation, which will result in extensive social, environmental and economic benefits.

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