Power-Sharing Between Men and Women Key to Alleviating Global Poverty: Groundbreaking Study Commissioned by 15 Canadian NGOs and Funded by Britain, Holland, Canada Reveals Surprising Results



    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian NGOs have moved the international
development community one step closer to reducing relief dependency and
increasing resilience among the world's chronically poor.
    The study, Ethiopia: The Path to Self-Resiliency, commissioned by CANGO,
a network of 15 Canadian NGOs operating in Ethiopia, has identified some of
the missing elements that have been dodging development practitioners in their
quest to alleviate chronic poverty.
    "Development efforts have focused on the tangibles and not enough on the
intangibles, such as social networks or belief systems," explains Leslie
Gardiner, coordinator of the study and Africa Program Manager for Canadian
NGO, CHF.
    The study team surveyed 54 poor communities across rural Ethiopia to
determine why some households defy the odds - rising to a state of
self-resiliency, in which food security is maintained even in the face of
challenges such as drought and flooding.
    The results are remarkable. The predictors of self-resiliency have as
much to do with attitudes, expectations and power-sharing between men and
women, as with access to physical or financial resources.
    The study concludes with key recommendations for governments, donors and
aid organizations on how to improve the effectiveness of their programming and
policies:

    
    - Involve "better-off" local households as role models and motivators.
    - Enhance expectations of women through role-modeling and
      experience-sharing.
    - Improve access to credit and savings programs, especially for women.
    - Base interventions on the types of livelihood activities already in the
      community.
    - Expand and build upon established, local community groups.
    

    According to Ms. Gardiner, "If these intangibles are factored into the
design of policies and programs, we can improve how we deliver aid."
    To access the full study including the summary of findings, please visit:
www.chf-partners.ca/publications/self_resiliency.shtml.

    About CHF

    CHF is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to enabling poor
rural communities in developing countries attain sustainable livelihoods. It
is headquartered in Ottawa and has field offices in Ethiopia, Vietnam, Guyana,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana.

    About CANGO

    CANGO (the Canadian Network of NGOs in Ethiopia) is a consortium of
15 Canadian NGOs working to address the challenges of poverty and governance
in Ethiopia. Members include CHF, Oxfam Canada, CARE Canada, World Vision,
Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR),
among others.




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For further information: Leah Geller, Communications Specialist, CHF,
(613) 237-0180 ext. 208, lgeller@chf-partners.ca; Suki Lee, Media Relations,
(613) 797-9257, inbox@inboxcommunications.com

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