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Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects

May 9, 2017

The ASPIRES Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects provides guidance for implementers looking to understand the economic vulnerabilities and strengths of their participant populations. The handbook includes a framework for understanding economic vulnerability in the HIV context and common research methods for assessing vulnerability. The handbook brings theory to practice by reviewing field-tested tools… View Article

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Methodologies to Capture the Multidimensional Effects of Economic Strengthening Interventions

April 24, 2017

This brief presents strategies for examining the multidimensional effects of economic strengthening interventions with a specific focus on the health and well-being of adolescent beneficiaries aged 10–19, highlighting both research gaps and opportunities. The brief provides a snapshot of of projects which sought to obtain data on economic strengthening interventions and their effect on adolescent… View Article

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Policy Briefs: Latest evidence on HIV-sensitive social protection and cash+ programming

April 20, 2017

UNICEF and partners including RIATT-ESA have developed policy briefs based on the latest evidence on HIV-sensitive social protection and cash-plus programming. The key overarching message in the six briefs is that combination social protection is an important way to improve HIV outcomes in adolescents by ameliorating the socioeconomic deprivations that increase risk of HIV infection… View Article

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It helps me live, sends my children to school, and feeds me: a qualitative study of how food and cash incentives may improve adherence to treatment and care among adults living with HIV in Tanzania

April 20, 2017

Lack of money is a barrier to HIV treatment and financial/in-kind incentives can improve outcomes in HIV treatment, but the mechanism of cash as an incentive is unclearn. This study unpacks the question of how financial incentives act to improve retention in care and ART adherence. Through in-depth interviews with clinic clients, found that the… View Article

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Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme: Savings Account

April 4, 2017

Through the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP), the Population Council and partners implemented a social, health, and economic asset-building program for over 10,000 vulnerable adolescent girls aged 10–19 years in Zambia. This learning brief focuses specifically on the third intervention of the AGEP program: a savings account designed to be specifically girl-friendly. The brief describes… View Article

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Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Retention in PMTCT Services by Mitigating the Negative Effect of Not Having Money to Come to the Clinic

March 17, 2017

This study used data from a randomized controlled trial in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to study the mechanisms by which a cash incentive intervention increases retention in prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. Analysis compared results of 433 newly diagnosed HIV-positive women who received either the standard of care or the standard of care plus… View Article

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Improving child wellbeing and care in Sub-Saharan Africa: The role of social protection

January 18, 2017

This article discusses the results of a cross-country research project in Sub-Saharan Africa regarding the impact of social protection on loss of parental care, support to foster or kinship care and quality of care and wellbeing in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research conducted investigates a large-scale nationally implemented cash transfer and public works programmes in Ghana,… View Article

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A case for integrated development: pathways to improve child well-being

December 27, 2016

Integrated programming, and specifically integrating economic strengthening, into programs for improved childhood wellbeing, may be essential to ending the generational cycle of poverty. Under the Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening (STRIVE) project, value chain strengthening and savings groups were tested as interventions for improving childhood wellbeing. This article includes a… View Article

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Building HIV-sensitive social protection systems through the “Cash Plus Care” model: Findings from East and Southern Africa

December 22, 2016

The Cash Plus Care intervention started implementation in 2014 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The intervention aims to build the evidence for operational guidance needed on the linking HIV/AIDS services to national social protection programs. This fact sheet provides some key learning after 18 months of implementation including these common observations: (1) Cash transfers are… View Article

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From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa

December 21, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa has exponentially scaled up implementation of cash transfer programs. This important review documents the evidence base on cash transfers in the region and reflects on the development of social protection policies in eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Chapter six looks specifically at social protection programs in OVC programs and the catalyst for cash… View Article

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