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Vulnerable Populations

There is a growing need to design and implement effective economic development strategies that address populations in high-risk categories. For example, incorporating a more market-friendly approach to support conflict-affected populations sooner can achieve greater impact than phasing it in at a later date. After a natural disaster, the ability to access capital speeds up the pace of re-establishing livelihoods and income-earning activities. Microenterprise development can help poor households hardest hit by HIV/AIDS develop more profitable or diverse income sources to increase and stabilize family income. Special focus is also given to youth and women who face unique economic challenges.

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The purpose of this case study is to outline how the ASPIRES project designed a vulnerability assessment for the context of Côte d’Ivoire and for the needs of the USAID Health Office’s PEPFAR-funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs, demonstrate the process of the appropriate selection...
This brief summarizes existing knowledge and focuses on the issue of transitory escapes in particular, as a unique and concerning sub-set of impoverishment. The focus of this brief is to: (i) define the phenomenon of transitory poverty escapes, linked to broader concepts of sustained poverty...
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...
By request from USAID, the ASPIRES project is conducting an evaluation of the SCIP-Zambezia program in Mozambique, which is implementing an integrated social empowerment and savings-led microfinance intervention. The purpose of the evaluation is: To determine if the economic and social empowerment...
While we cannot stop shocks from happening, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) can – and must – do more to help people withstand them. USAID has been in the vanguard of international momentum to support country and regional plans and build resilience to recurrent crisis. Through...