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Evaluating four approaches to community-based programming for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya and Tanzania

Florence Nyangara, Futures Group
Minki Chatterji, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Tonya Thurman, Tulane University
Timothy Wakabi, Axios Foundation
Zaharani Kalungwa, Axios Foundation
Lawrence Ikamari, University of Nairobi
Nana Koran, Tulane University
Kathy Buek, Futures Group Europe

Worldwide, over 14.3 children under age 18 have lost one or both parents and many more are made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS epidemic. The vast majority of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the recognition of the negative consequences of this disease on children, there is little empirical evidence on “what works” to effectively ameliorate these problems. To fill this gap, four different approaches to community-based programming to support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Tanzania and Kenya were investigated. Specifically, this paper provides our experiences to date with these evaluations in four unique community settings. The quality, scope and comprehensiveness of each program activities will be described and research procedures explored. The lessons learned from our experience, some guiding principles, and observations that were not obvious at the outset of this research will be discussed. We highlight some of the opportunities and challenges of targeted evaluation for OVC programs.

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Presented in Poster Session 4