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close this bookOperationalizing Household Livelihood Security - A holistic approach for addressing poverty and vulnerability (CARE , 2000, 54 p.)
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Household Livelihood Security continues to be the cornerstone framework that CARE uses to carry out its programming efforts. It is considered an organizing framework that is used to systematically inform decisions as well as a desired end state or goal for CARE'S programs. The HLS framework enables a more holistic view of the world to inform CARE'S programming decisions. The root causes of poverty can be understood more clearly as can be the opportunities and leverage points for positive change. Application of the livelihood framework should not be considered a linear process, but rather a flexible, dynamic and iterative process over time.

While HLS is predicated on taking a holistic view of a given situation, different entry points can be used for its application. In addition, taking a holistic view does not always mean that you must undertake multiple interventions. Ongoing sector-focused interventions may be modified or interrelated to incorporate a livelihood security perspective. Alternatively, a single-sector intervention may provide the key leverage activity in a given situation.

Over the past two years, CARE has identified several analytical lenses that have been incorporated into a HLS holistic analysis to better understand the root causes of poverty. These analytical lenses include basic needs, a human rights perspective, civil participation and action, gender and the policy environment. Currently, numerous staff within CARE are working on the tools and methods that will allow our country offices to incorporate these analysis in our program decision making.

The broader and more in-depth understanding brought about by the application of these analytical lenses will expand CARE'S programming choices regarding what is done, how it is done, who it is done with and who participates and benefits. These analytical tools will contribute significantly to the future directions of CARE programming

In the end, the HLS framework is helping CARE make strategically focused choices about where we concentrate our limited resources and our comparative advantages to leverage the most positive and lasting change. It is through these efforts that CARE will continue to contribute to the global effort to end poverty.