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Children, Youth, and Economic Strengthening (CYES)



Learning from STRIVE: Improving Child Wellbeing through Integrated Development

June 30, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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After more than seven years of program implementation and research, the STRIVE program is coming to an end. To mark the end of this program, we are hosting a closing event that will reflect on program learning.

STRIVE identified several core areas of learning related to working across sectors, working with complex programming in challenging contexts, and engaging in good monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment.  At this closing event, STRIVE researchers, staff, and invited guests will present recommendations on how to move practice forward to improve children's wellbeing through programs that integrate economic strengthening with other complementary interventions.  The event will include moderated discussion with panelists.


1:30-2:15 Welcome and Overview of STRIVE
2:15-2:50 Session 1: Deep Engagement with Communities leads to Better Understanding of Context
2:50-3:25 Session 2: Unpacking Household Dynamics
3:25-3:45 Session 3: Child-Level Monitoring and Evaluation are Essential
3:45-4:15 Recommendations from STRIVE
4:00-4:30 Taking it Forward 


Webinar Series: Growing Resilience: Financial Services for OVC Populations

Over the last decade, there has been increasing focus on addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) populations in the context of the on-going HIV pandemic.[1] According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), approximately 15 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Nearly 12 million of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Many more children have been made vulnerable because of family illness and the widespread impact of HIV/AIDS on their communities.

Savings-led microfinance initiatives have flourished in recent years, as a means of building the economic circumstances of orphans and vulnerable children and their caregiver. This webinar series presents a review of these approaches with each webinar focusing on a particular strategy. The discussions draw from the work done as a part of the ASPIRES Technical Guidance Series and will present a review of the literature and with commentary from a practitioner to highlight how each strategy is being implemented.

First Webinar

Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Promoting Wellbeing through Community-Based Savings

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[1] In this series, OVC is defined as “children up to 18 years of age who have lost a parent to HIV/AIDS, who are otherwise directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects.” We at times also include vulnerable youth aged 18 through 24, consistent with emerging PEPFAR guidance regarding the importance of supporting OVC as they transition into young adulthood. We will note this broader categorization by referring to “OVC and vulnerable youth.”




October 28, 2014 | Webinar - Economic Strengthening Interventions and Adolescent Girls

How do economic strengthening interventions contribute to adolescent girls’ economic empowerment and improve their health outcomes? Learn more about the effects of economic strengthening interventions on adolescent girls’ economic empowerment and health outcomes in this webinar featuring leading experts from FHI 360, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the Population Council. Visit the SEEP blog for a full recap of the session, or watch the webinar recording online now:

June 24, 2014 | Webinar - Breaking Barriers to Youth Entrepreneurship & Employment through Savings Groups

Can youth savings groups help foster entrepreneurship and employment among young people, supporting them in their search for decent work and their struggle against poverty? Two of SEEP's member-led working groups united to discuss these topics.   Visit the SEEP blog for a full recap of the session, or watch the webinar recording online now:


June 6, 2013 | Webinar - Economic Strengthening Programs as Drivers of Child Well-being

Economic strengthening programs have an impact on children and youth, whether intentionally or unintentionally.  How do we understand the factors that impact child well-being? How do we research and measure them? This webinar explored examples of  field-based practice, including discussions on key initiatives taking  place within PEPFAR and USG, and also discussed what we still need to explore as development practitioners.

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