Graduating to Resilience

AVSI Foundation, leading a consortium with Trickle Up and IMPAQ International and funded by the Office of Food for Peace, USAID, is implementing the Kamwenge Graduation Pilot in the Kamwenge District, in Western Uganda. The goal is to graduate extremely poor refugee households who fled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ugandan vulnerable households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. The Kamwenge Graduation Pilot provides an opportunity to test a combination of elements of the graduation approach for impact and cost-effectiveness, including an alternative which draws specifically on the conclusions from the uniquely Ugandan SCORE model. With this investment, USAID is signaling its commitment to the cutting edge and ambitious “Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHope) Strategic Framework” led by the Government of Uganda and the UN, in partnership with the World Bank, donors and implementing partners. Officially launched in June 2017, ReHope is “a transformative strategy to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in a harmonized and cohesive manner to ensure more effective programming. It is a response to specific challenges faced in delivering protection and achieving social and economic development for both refugee and host communities.”

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The AVSI Consortium will tackle the underlying causes of food insecurity with a sustainable, cost-effective adaptation of the Graduation Approach. ​ Kamwenge aims to: Improve Food Security and Nutrition status of household members. Improve household economic status. Increase resilience of household members and communities. By using the Graduation Approach and targeting women and youth, this activity will increase levels of knowledge around nutrition, health and hygiene and encourage behavior changes which are supported by group dynamics and changing cultural norms and practices. Integrated risk management that addresses household specific risks as well as regional and environmental risks will build the capacity of households and communities to prepare for and cope with health and climate shocks which contribute to instability and undermine progress.


  • Uganda>Kamwenge


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Social Services
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