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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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This handbook was developed by the ASPIRES project to assist practitioners and M&E specialists to select vulnerability assessment approaches for economic strengthening (ES) interventions, particularly those integrated into President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs for orphans...
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...
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...