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ASPIRES Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects

This handbook will assist practitioners and specialists in monitoring and evaluation in the selection of vulnerability assessment approaches for economic strengthening interventions. The focus is on programs for orphans and vulnerable children supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), where economic strengthening is used to increase resilience to negative HIV-related outcomes for children. The handbook is intended primarily for development programs in relatively stable contexts rather than emergency relief work.

Engaging Youth in Inclusive Market Development (Event Resources)

Many developing countries today are faced with a growing youth population who want to engage in markets but remain unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, efforts to develop economies through more inclusive and competitive markets are not engaging youth in this process, creating a disconnect between the growing opportunities and the young people without the qualifications to fill them.

What Kinds of Agricultural Strategies Lead to Broad-Based Growth? - Implications for Feed the Future Agricultural Programming

This presentation, made by T.S. Jayne and Duncan Boughton of Michigan State University to the USAID Bureau for Food Security, affirms the necessity of focusing on smallholder farmers to achieve broad-based, equitable economic growth. This strategy, they advocate, must be based on increasing assets among smallholder farmers and improving the productivity of those assets. The presentation concludes with a series of recommendations about the strategies that will best support this process.