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Resource: The Sphere Handbook 2018

This post introduces a publication from Sphere, a movement started in 1997 by a group of humanitarian professionals aiming to improve the quality of humanitarian work during disaster response.

Identifying Economic Status Indicators for Adolescent Girls in DREAMS Programs

The alarming gender and age disparity in the rate of new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa has driven the development of new initiatives to address the needs of young women. One of these initiatives is DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe), a $385 million partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. DREAMS targets girls and young women aged 10-24 and their male sex partners.

Facilitating Behavior Change Through Market Systems Virtual Conference

Changing behaviors — especially multiple behaviors across market actors — can be challenging. Predictably, this means complex market systems are also difficult to transform. If we want to change individual behaviors across the market system to alleviate poverty, where do we even begin? On May 3, 2017, ACDI/VOCA’s virtual conference “Facilitating Behavior Change: Social and Behavior Change and Market Systems” introduced methodologies to these still rarely combined approaches.

Leveraging Reconstruction: Opportunities for Creating Good Jobs

Given the increasing incidence of disasters around the world, the recovery process must be leveraged for longer-term development gains. Two years after an earthquake displaced nearly 2.8 million people and shocked Nepal’s economy, the country still has a long way to go in its reconstruction process. At the same time, the country faces an endless loop of out-migration for low-paying and often exploitative work, with little meaningful development in communities of origin.

Review of Vulnerability Assessment Methods for Reintegration and Prevention of Child Separation

This report was prepared to inform planning in the USAID-funded ASPIRES project. It includes a review of some of the existing tools used to assess vulnerability to either separation or negative child well-being outcomes with attention to economic security for the purposes of targeting households for program participation and matching them to appropriate interventions. ASPIRES is sharing this report as an information resource with the wider interested community given its relevance to other actors working in this area.

Investing in Resilient Markets through Private Sector Partnerships After-Event Resources

Natural disasters affect hundreds of millions of people around the globe every year. With each new disaster, development gains are threatened as infrastructure is destroyed and economic opportunities and livelihoods are interrupted or lost, leading to increased poverty. Building resilience and reducing disaster risks in hazard-prone areas are critical—and engaging the local private sector is an integral component of effective, sustainable action.