AVSI Graduating to Resilience Project in Uganda

AVSI Graduating to Resilience Project in Uganda

October 9, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


With multiple refugee crises and migrants crisscrossing the globe
at unprecedented rates, the need to get the greatest return
from every dollar of aid is more pressing than ever. Traditional models of delivering
assistance just aren’t cutting it; the complex and changing
needs of the extremely poor, including refugees, require a new model. Now. Consider Uganda… Due to crises in neighboring countries, recent decades have seen flows of
refugees travel there. Many arrive; most will never leave. Over the past four years, some 50,000 refugee households from
the Democratic Republic of Congo have made western Uganda,
the Kamwenge district, their home. The Ugandan government treats them well and international partners like
the UN’s refugee agency and the World Food Programme
are hard at work too; but even though they receive land, food assistance, health care and education. The resources provided aren’t enough; refugees struggle to get ahead, While at the same time, life is not easy for some local Ugandans who
live side-by-side with refugees. But it doesn’t have to stay this way. Here at the AVSI Foundation,
in partnership with USAID, we’re creating change in Uganda. Take for example our SCORE project, we are using a Graduation model
a cost effective approach to meeting nutrition and income needs of
the poorest households. It’s already working in Uganda to eradicate poverty and increase resilience. The Graduation approach has potential to do more. Avsee is taking what we learned during SCORE to adapt the Graduation approach
to the challenges faced by refugees and Ugandan households in Kamwenge District. Rather than using a one-size-fits-all solution, we will work with a participant and her family using a step-by-step process to help them
move out of poverty, and stay out. This means each family
will set personalized goals, meet regularly with a coach,
begin saving with peers, learn about diet and hygiene,
benefit from consumption support, gain support for market based businesses, and build the confidence
and job-related skills needed to succeed. USAID believes in this approach. Over the next 7 years, we’ll journey together with thousands of
women and families in Uganda. We know we’ll see real, positive change; and we’re using the best techniques out there to count, measure and track it. Want to follow along? Visit avsi-usa.org
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what we learn along the way.