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Using Indirect Interventions to Benefit Youth: Lessons from STRIVE’s Afghan Secure Futures Program

Organization(s): 
FHI 360
Author(s): 
Jennifer Denomy and Scott Ruddick
Institutional Sponsor: 
USAID
Publication date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This report draws on the experience of the Afghan Secure Futures (ASF) project to highlight several important technical considerations when employing indirect programming approaches to reach vulnerable youth. Its intended audiences are implementers and donors who are developing programming for vulnerable children and youth and considering entry points for interventions or pathways for economic inclusion. The report discusses each finding in turn and then presents conclusions.

This FIELD Report summarizes the findings of one of the STRIVE projects, MEDA’s Afghan Secure Futures (ASF) project, on using an indirect approach to reach and benefit youth in Afghanistan. It finds that indirect approaches can create both economic and social benefits for youth and that many questions remain on how to implement indirect approaches most effectively.