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YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation

August 31, 2020 | Miranda Manzanares GSDI is a subcontractor of a consortium, led by Making Cents International, that was awarded USAID’s Youth Power 2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE) contract. YP2LE activities are designed to examine the impact of cross-sectoral youth programming, in collaboration with USAID, YouthPower implementing partners, PYD researchers, youth-led and youth-serving organizations, individual young change-makers, and other relevant stakeholders. Read more.... about YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation

Adolescent Boys & Girls Program for Gender Equity in Maharashtra, India

March 21, 2017 | Sara Mitra This project seeks to initiate a cognitive shift in the minds of the young participants that follows them through their life and facilitates better health outcomes for both male and female participants. Short-term program outcomes include increasing female participants’ school attendance, knowledge on the importance of education for girls & sexual/reproductive health as well as a reduction of harmful attitudes regarding gender-based knowledge.  Read more.... about Adolescent Boys & Girls Program for Gender Equity in Maharashtra, India

Chuma Cha Azimai: Mobilizing Women-Owned Micro and Small Enterprises for Financial Inclusion of Young Women in Rural Zambia

March 21, 2017 | Sara Mitra Due to inaccessibility of formal financial services, limited access to capital, and lack of technical skills, young women entrepreneurs in rural communities face significant barriers to maintaining and expanding their businesses. To promote women’s financial inclusion and growth of women-owned micro and small enterprises, GSDI is proposing to test and evaluate a multi-level digital banking model with Chuma cha Azimai (women-owned wealth).  Read more.... about Chuma Cha Azimai: Mobilizing Women-Owned Micro and Small Enterprises for Financial Inclusion of Young Women in Rural Zambia

Umwini: Asset Development Program for Young Women Living with HIV in Zambia

March 20, 2017 | Sara Mitra To address lack of training and limited income-generating opportunities for young women, GSDI’s efforts for this project aim to test an employability and asset development program for young women living with HIV. The intervention leverages existing partnerships among organizations that work with youth and people living with HIV in Zambia, and will evaluate its impact on economic, financial, health and HIV Read more.... about Umwini: Asset Development Program for Young Women Living with HIV in Zambia

Financial Inclusion for Female Entrepreneurs to Increase Sanitation in India’s Urban Slums

March 19, 2017 | Sara Mitra This project leverages the expertise of Samagra and GDSI to develop and evaluate effective interventions that advance economic stability for families living in the poorest slums in Pune and surrounding communities. Samagra forms partnerships with municipal agencies as well as financial institutions to create a community center and a “one-stop shop” for residents.   Read more.... about Financial Inclusion for Female Entrepreneurs to Increase Sanitation in India’s Urban Slums

Siyakha Youth Assets Testing and Evaluating the Impacts of Youth Employability Interventions

March 19, 2017 | Angie Barker In South Africa, there are 3.8 million young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are either unenrolled in education, unemployed, or without training. The cost of pursuing higher education coupled with increased school dropout and attrition rates has only made youth unemployment worse.  Launched in 2015, Siyakha sought to instill skills into youth that enable them to function effectively in the workplace, develop technical Read more.... about Siyakha Youth Assets Testing and Evaluating the Impacts of Youth Employability Interventions

Chuma na Uchizi: Impacts of Integrated HIV and Livelihoods Programs

March 15, 2017 | Claire Bates Chuma na Uchizi was a pilot study to test an asset-building intervention to improve economic and health outcomes of people living with HIV (PLHIV) receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Zambia. Implemented in partnership with the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at UNC, the Ministry of Health in Zambia (MOH), and the Office of District Medical Officer in Lundazi, the study measures ART adherence, access to food, dietary intake, income Read more.... about Chuma na Uchizi: Impacts of Integrated HIV and Livelihoods Programs

YouthSave Ghana: Testing Impacts of Savings on Youth Financial Capability and Development

February 21, 2017 | Angie Barker GSDI sought to increase access and use of formal financial services for youth in resource-limited settings, particularly from lower income families. The YouthSave Ghana experiment was implemented across all districts in eight of the 10 regions where HFC Bank, the financial institution (FI) partner, operates. Targeting young people between ages 12 and 18, 100 junior High Schools were randomly selected Read more.... about YouthSave Ghana: Testing Impacts of Savings on Youth Financial Capability and Development

Assets Africa: Wealth Effects of an Asset-Building Intervention in Rural Households

January 31, 2017 | Angie Barker By providing a comprehensive intervention program with funds, financial education, and training, GSDI implemented the Assets Africa project, a structured asset-building program offered for a 3-year period. Purchases were limited to those that would generate income, from livestock assets to means of transportation (i.e. bicycles or motorcycles) which could be used to transport others for a fee, land for growing crops or building Read more.... about Assets Africa: Wealth Effects of an Asset-Building Intervention in Rural Households