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Children, Youth, and Economic Strengthening (CYES)

STRIVE Resources

 STRIVE (Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening)

The following are resources created during the life of the STRIVE project that ended June 30, 2015.


STRIVE (Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening) was initiated in 2007 by USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund and the USAID Microenterprise Development Office. The project was managed by FHI 360 with partners including ACDI/VOCA, CARE, MEDA, Save the Children, and Action for Enterprise (AFE). STRIVE sought to fill the gap in information that links economic strengthening to the wellbeing of children and youth through the implementation and evaluation of economic advancement interventions designed with the specific intent of benefitting children. STRIVE’s monitoring and evaluation system documented both economic and non-economic indicators for children. The project’s learning strategy served to capture the results of the interventions and to share successful and unsuccessful strategies with the greater development field. In this way, STRIVE aimed to contribute to the advancement of a knowledge base on how to best generate positive outcomes for children through economic strengthening programs and to develop replicable models.

STRIVE conducted field activities with implementing partners in four countries: the Philippines, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Mozambique. In the Philippines, AFE implemented a value chain intervention intended to link low-income producers to key market actors. In Afghanistan, MEDA implemented a project to improve the quality of informal apprenticeships in the construction industry and improve linkages between actors in the industry. In Liberia, a value chain intervention led by ACDI/VOCA connected farmers with profitable value chains and promoted local production of staple foods. In Mozambique, Save the Children led an effort to improve nutritional outcomes for children through the introduction of savings groups and a rotating shared labor scheme.

Project Summaries


Guides, Tools and Other Learning Products

Savings Groups Learning Products:

ASF Project

 Evaluation Reports

 Final Project Reports


Submitted to journals for consideration

  • Brunie, A., Rutherford, D., Keyes, E. and Field, S. (2015). Economic benefits of savings groups in rural Mozambique. Submitted manuscript.
  • Rutherford, D. and Brunie, A. (2015). Motivators and Barriers to Savings Group Participation: A Qualitative Study with Participants and Non-participants in Mozambique. Submitted manuscript.
  • Rutherford, D., Burke, H., Cheung, K. and Field, S. (2015). Rural Farmers Access an Agricultural Value Chain: Impact on Smallholder Farmers, Their Households, and Children. Submitted manuscript.  
  • Cheung, K., Rutherford, D. and Burke, H. (2015). How formative research can improve the effects of economic strengthening programs for children. Submitted manuscript.
  • Rutherford, D. and Guest, G. (2015). Can 1 + 1 = 0?  A Case Study of the Effects of Mixed Method Design Choice on Evaluation Outcomes. Submitted manuscript.

Articles in Draft

  • Pathways to Improve Child Wellbeing in Rural Agricultural Contexts: Economic Strengthening +







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