Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children into Families (ESFAM) Project, Endline Report

  • Date Posted: September 18, 2019
  • Authors: CGillum
  • Document Types: Evidence or Research
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

ChildFund International received grant funding under FHI 360’s USAID-funded Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project to implement the Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children into Families (ESFAM) project in Uganda. The two-and-a-half-year project, funded by USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), was implemented between 16 November 2015 and 30 June 2018, in partnership with the Women’s Refugee Commission and Making Cents International. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to program learning and development of the evidence base related to economic strengthening (ES) interventions and family preservation. The ESFAM project was implemented in three districts: Gulu (a post-conflict district in Northern Uganda), Kamuli (a rural district in Eastern Uganda), and Luwero (a periurban district in the central part of the country). The project’s goal was to test the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of sequenced and overlapping economic strengthening interventions (integrated with social support services) implemented at household and child levels, to reduce the effects of key drivers of unnecessary family-child separation (poverty and lack of access to education).