CARE International in Pakistan
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Mission, Vision & Values

CARE's Mission

In 2002, CARE International conducted a study that identified the central underlying cause of poverty in Pakistan as imbalance of power. This imbalance is manifested through systematic marginalization along gender, religious, class, caste and other socio-cultural lines throughout society. CARE opened its Pakistan office in June 2005 to address poverty at its roots, primarily through partners, by:

  • bolstering civil society;
  • strengthening the links between poor communities and local government;
  • giving greater voice to Pakistan’s poor through advocacy; and
  • enhancing the quality of poverty reduction efforts.

Poverty has a woman’s face. Globally, CARE places a special emphasis on working with poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. This approach is perhaps even more needed in Pakistan where women:

  • are politically and socially excluded from decision making;
  • have limited mobility, restricting access to basic services such as health and education;
  • lack economic opportunities due to limited access to markets and natural resources, restricted mobility, limited livelihood choices, and higher vulnerability in natural disasters; and
  • suffer a high incidence of gender-based violence, which perpetuates gender-based social hierarchies.

From disaster to development. CARE arrived in Pakistan at a time when the country was grappling with a series of large-scale disasters. Through our emergency program, we have provided relief, as well as recovery and rehabilitation support to millions of Pakistanis affected by disastrous floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and displacement. Recognizing the long-term needs for support to full recovery, and their nexus with poverty, in 2009, CARE shifted its focus to implementing developmental projects linked to emergency response, working closely with partners and local communities.

CARE's Vision

“We seek a Pakistan of hope, tolerance, & social justice, where poverty has been overcome, and people live in dignity and security. CARE will be a force and a partner of choice in a movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known for our unshakable commitment to the dignity of people in Pakistan.”

CARE will achieve this vision by:

“Empowering marginalized women to address power imbalances at the household, community and institutional levels. CARE will engage with partners to promote self-help and influence public opinion and practice by bringing together wisdom based on sound analysis and field practices.”


Specifically the overall goal of CARE’s fifteen year 2011 - 2026 strategy in Pakistan is that: 28 million marginalized women in Pakistan are making choices that reduce vulnerability and impact their lives positively. These women will have control over productive assets and exercise their rights in formal and informal decision-making process at all levels.

CARE's Values


We believe in urgent action, innovation, and the neccesity of transformation-witin the world and our own orgnization.


We are accountable to the people and partners we humbly serve, transparently sharing our results, stories and lessons.


We know that by embracing differences, actively including a variety of voices, and joining together we can solve the world’s most complex problems.


We believe in the equal value of every human being and the importance of respecting and honoring each individual; we know that change happens through people.


We challenge ourselves to the highest level of learning and performance, tapping the best of the human spirit to create impact.