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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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Through the ASPIRES project, USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) seeks to generate evidence and learning related to the role that household-level economic strengthening (ES) interventions can play in keeping families at risk of separation together and returning children to family...
Despite the demand for vulnerability assessment for targeting purposes, there remains no standard definition or method of measuring vulnerability for economic strengthening (ES) interventions in USAID/PEPFAR guidance materials. The purpose of this literature review is to propose a set of guidelines...
Around 70 to 80 percent of informal cross-border traders (ICBT) in the southern Africa region are women. Although cross-border trade helps many women become economically empowered, it can also make them extremely vulnerable to harassment and gender-based violence from corrupt border agents. These...
Around 70 to 80 percent of informal cross-border traders (ICBT) in the southern Africa region are women. Although cross-border trade helps many women become economically empowered, it can also make them extremely vulnerable to harassment and gender-based violence from corrupt border agents. These...
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is known to be a significant contributor to infant morbidity and mortality in many countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Strategies for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission to an...