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"Urwaruka Rushashaa": A Randomized Impact Evaluation of Village Savings and Loans Associations and Family Based Interventions in Burundi Image

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"Urwaruka Rushashaa": A Randomized Impact Evaluation of Village Savings and Loans Associations and Family Based Interventions in Burundi

Summary

The Urwaruka Rushasha project is a three-year project, funded by USAID's Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF). The project aims at improving the protection, development, and well-being of highly vulnerable boys and girls in Burundi's Makamba and Bujumbura Rural provinces where rates of refugee return, population density, and potential for political instability are the highest. The project consists of two interventions that benefit 1,600 families and their children: 1) a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) intervention to strengthen the participants' economic situation and 2) an added family-based discussion group called "Healing Families and Communities" (VSLA Plus). This report presents the results of the mid-term evaluation of the New Generation project, which marks the end of the first phase of both the VLSA and family-based interventions.

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