The Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project, funded by USAID/PEPFAR and managed by FHI 360, supports gender-sensitive programming, research, and learning to improve the economic security of highly vulnerable individuals, families, and children. We offer research and technical assistance activities for economic strengthening programs around the world, including a major technical assistance program to support youth resilience to the effects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
ASPIRES South Africa helps young people build economic resilience and the skills they need to pursue HIV-free lives by providing economic strengthening (ES) interventions integrated with a comprehensive HIV prevention education program. Launched in January 2015, ASPIRES South Africa is strengthening the capacity of five PEPFAR Implementing Partners (IPs) in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces to carry out integrated ES and HIV prevention programs either directly in the communities they serve or through their non-profit partners. This will be combined with research to better understand the effects of integrated programming on youth and explore its effects on HIV risk behavior.