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Family Resilience Project - End of Project Report

This post highlights the end of project report for the Family Resilience (FARE) project, implemented in Uganda from November 2019 to June 2018 by AVSI and partners, with funding and technical support provided by FHI 360 through the USAID-funded ASPIRES project.

Annotated Bibliography on Research Methods

This document offers an annotated bibliography of key resources on applied quantitative and qualitative research methods and ethics to give guidance for development practitioners and researchers working in resource-poor settings and with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Strengthening Financial Capabilities among Youth

ASPIRES supports the provision of financial capabilities training to thousands of young people in Kenya and South Africa, including approximately 50,000 adolescent girls and young women participating in DREAMS. Our participatory training program, developed with Save the Children, helps young people ages 14 to 24 link their dreams and goals to skills, knowledge, and attitudes related to responsible money management.

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.

Vulnerability Assessments

Vulnerability assessments can help with designing programs to meet the needs of intended beneficiaries, more accurately target vulnerable households, and set indicative benchmarks for success.

The Cartoon Learning Series

Working with Vikāra Institute, LEO tested new methods for introducing development project staff to market systems development concepts and practices.

Community-Based Microfinance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Literature Review

This review presents a synthesis of the literature on the impact of community-based microfinance approaches on the well-being of vulnerable children and youth, with a specific focus on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). It aims to collect, organize, and assess evidence for economic strengthening (ES) activities and to inform practice in significant ways.  

ASPIRES South Africa RCT Factsheet

At the request of the Prevention and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Team of the Health Development Office of USAID South Africa, FHI 360’s Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project is carrying out a 4-year, $10 million program to improve the long-term economic security and HIV prevention knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in South Africa.

ASPIRES South Africa Factsheet

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.

LEO Learning Day: Year 2

The 2015 LEO Learning Event brought together the leaders of LEO’s various research strands to take stock of what has been learned to date under LEO.

Market Facilitation Peer-Learning Event Materials

In close collaboration with USAID's Bureau for Food Security, the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project organizes Market Facilitation Peer-Learning Events aimed at sharing learning and experiences among Implementation Partners (IPs).

LEO Learning Day Summary

The Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project learning agenda incorporates interrelated and mutually informative research topics that respond to the objective of supporting inclusive and sustainable growth through market systems development. LEO seeks to support missions and implementers in improving the performance of market systems to generate growth, and to structure that growth in such a way that it is inclusive and resilient. Within the overarching goal of increased market systems performance, LEO’s learning topics can be viewed through two lenses:

State of the Sector Report

This report considers the state of the sector as it relates to market systems strengthening, Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), value chain development and enterprise development. These terms are often used interchangeably or at least exhibit significant cross-cutting areas to be grouped together for the purposes of this report. The report considers both learning networks in each region and key donor-funded projects in each region.