Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project

A project participant and children from the community in the swamp drainage project in Nyalungana, S. Kivu. Credit: Tanya Martineau, Prospect Arts, Food for the Hungry.

The Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project supports evidence-based, gender-sensitive programming to improve the economic security and related health outcomes of highly vulnerable individuals, families, and children. ASPIRES aims to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based practice by evaluating Household Economic Strengthening (HES) interventions and supporting program configurations most consistent with success in the evidentiary record. Where this record is thin, ASPIRES seeks to strengthen it through rigorous research efforts so that future programming efforts have a stronger base to build upon. ASPIRES also focuses on efficiently providing technical assistance to scale up high-quality HES interventions.

ASPIRES is funded by PEPFAR and USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) and Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), and implemented by FHI 360 and a consortium of 20 organizations.

This document offers an annotated bibliography of key resources on applied quantitative and qualitative research methods and ethics to give guidance for development practitioners and researchers working in resource-poor settings and with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
This brief reviews the evidence from three recent publications to highlight emerging scholarship on entrepreneurship among youth in sub-Saharan Africa.
This brief reviews the evidence from five recent publications to identify common themes emerging from the study of microsavings among vulnerable populations in lowresource environments in sub-Saharan Africa.
This brief reviews the evidence from five recent publications to highlight emerging scholarship on cash transfers and their effects on vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa.
This brief provides a simple set of guidelines for adapting or developing adequate outcome measures for an impact evaluation of Household Economic Strengthening (HES) interventions.
This brief proposes standardized guidelines for reporting implementation procedures so that researchers can better evaluate household economic strengthening (HES) interventions and practitioners can better implement them.
Household economic strengthening (HES) initiatives are increasingly implemented in coordination with biomedical and behavioral approaches to HIV prevention, treatment, and care to address the economic drivers of the HIV epidemic.
This article introduces this special issue of AIDS Care on HES for HIV Outcomes as an effort to expand and continue this discussion with a wider group of stakeholders.