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A Pragmatic Approach to Assessing System Change

These papers outline a process that programs can use to assess system changes regularly and practically. The 'Overview' summarises the approach and 'How to put it into practice' provides more detailed implementation guidance, worked examples, and useful tips.

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.

Tools & Methodologies for Collaborating with Lead Firms: A Practitioner’s Manual

By addressing the practical issues of implementation through examples and lessons learned, Tools & Methodologies for Collaborating with Lead Firms: A Practitioner’s Manual offers practitioners effective methods to facilitate private sector initiatives that lead to improved and expanded delivery of needed products, services, and markets to Micro, Small, and Medium Scale Enterprise (MSMEs) in a commercially viable and sustainable manner.

Improving the Nutrition Impacts of Agriculture Interventions: Strategy and Policy Brief

Written by the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project, this brief identifies four ways that programming in agricultural value chains is likely to have greater nutritional outcomes:  i) the incremental income is earned or controlled by women, ii) the stream of income is regular or frequent, even if the absolute amounts are small, iii) the income is in-kind (i.e., in the form of food), or iv) training in health and nutrition is provided.  Several guidance questions are offered to assess the context in which they are working and consequently reduce the potential for