The AVSI Foundation (AVSI) with a consortium including TrickleUp and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, is implementing the second cohort of the resilience food security activity (RFSA) Graduating to Resilience in the Kamwenge District of Uganda. Graduating to Resilience aims to improve food security, nutrition, self-reliance, and resilience among extremely poor refugee households and host households in the Rwamwanja refugee settlement and the surrounding host community of Kamwenge District.
Graduating to Resilience produced large, positive impacts in Cohort 1 (2018–2021) on household-level measures of assets, consumption, income, food security, wellbeing, and mental health. In 2022, AVSI launched Cohort 2 of the Graduating to Resilience activity, which runs from January 2022 to December 2023. Cohort 2 uses Cohort 1 results to deliver a refined version of the Graduation Approach and adds a group therapy component guided by interpersonal therapy (IPT) principles to improve mental health. The Cohort 2 Graduating to Resilience activity includes approximately 3,400 households in the settlement and 3,600 in the host community.