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Children, Youth, and Economic Strengthening (CYES)

Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Learning Symposium

On May 6th, 2015, industry leaders met for a stock-taking discussion on Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. The event was jointly organized by The SEEP Network and the International Rescue Committee as part of the Accelerated Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project, led by FHI 360 in a consortium of 20 members, working to promote evidence-based state-of-the-art approaches to promote high quality economic strengthening programs for orphans and vulnerable children.

Economic strengthening has become a core component of programs supporting orphans and vulnerable children. While Savings Groups (SGs) have become quite common, practitioners are increasingly exploring new approaches— from integrating microinsurance and institutional microfinance, to directly engaging orphans and vulnerable children in savings-led programming.

The event explored the state of the literature and provided practical guidance on integrating community-based microfinance, institutional microfinance, and microinsurance into OVC programming. Through presentations and a panel discussion the workshop provided insights into how to target orphans and vulnerable children directly, what are complementary activities or bundled services to make economic strengthening more effective, and what knowledge gaps we still need to address.  

Missed the event? Check out the videos and presentations below, or view the agenda from the event here!

Introduction: Taking Stock

David Myhre, Technical Director, FHI 360 - ASPIRES

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Engaging Vulnerable Children through Institutional Savings-led Microfinance

Nisha Singh, Senior Program Director, The SEEP Network

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Engaging Vulnerable Children through Savings Groups 

Barri Shorey, Enterprise Development and Employment Technical Advisor, IRC
Andrew Meaux, Coordinator - Economic Recovery and Development, IRC

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MicroinsuraNce Services for Vulnerable Children

Michael Samson, Director of Research, Economic Policy Research Institute 

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Panel Discussion: Effective ES Strategies for OVC Populations: Understanding the Evidence

Carrie Miller, Senior Technical Advisor for Health, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Mike Ferguson, Project Director, ASPIRES – FHI360
Jason Wolfe, Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Moderator: Sharon D’Onofrio, Executive Director, The SEEP Network


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