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Welfare, cooperazione e povertà

Welfare, cooperazione e povertà

AVSI OVC Project

Final evaluation


a cura di Carlo Lauro, Giancarlo Rovati
Prefazione di Lucia Castelli

Pagine: 240
Anno: 2011






Children have been the main beneficiaries of AVSI’s activities since its arrival in Africa, 35 years ago.
In April 2005, under the cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development GPO-A-00-05-0002000, AVSI started implementation of a 5-year project to expand its DSP (Distance Support Program) intervention model across Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya, later on to be extended to Ivory Coast.
The overall goal of the project has been to improve the well-being and coping capacity of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as that of their families and communities. AVSI chose to work both directly and via sub-grants to local community-based organizations, together with capacity building and mentoring.
Since the onset of the project, AVSI embraced a family-centered and community-based model of care and support for OVC that relies on each individual child as an entry point to a family. This approach recognizes that every child despite his/her condition is unique, valuable and with special needs; it recognizes that the family is very central for the growth, education and development of the child.
While designing the project AVSI felt important to go beyond just monitoring program activity through output level indicators, and to invest in an evaluation exercise consisting in original longitudinal and multivariate analyses performed on a repeated panel of the assisted children and the partners involved by AVSI on field activities.To this
end Avsi involved Fondazione per la Sussidiarietà, an Italian nonprofit organization, whose findings, presented along this book, offer significant knowledge and benefits for the organizations involved in the project and for its stakeholders.The main results of the evaluation can be summarized as follows: at the level of the child, most indicators led to confirm the excellence of the AVSI approach.The findings confirm that indeed a family centered approach is more effective in promoting a child’s well-being as opposed to simply child centered interventions. At the level of the partner organizations, the results of the study show overall improvement in organizational structures and the awareness and skills related to quality service delivery to children and families.