The Graduating to Resilience activity is a Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) implemented by the AVSI Foundation, an international non-governmental organization, and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. The Graduating to Resilience activity is implemented in and around the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Kamwenge District, Uganda, and is offered to extremely poor households living in both the refugee and host communities in this area. The goal of the activity is to graduate extremely poor refugee and Ugandan households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience.
This report provides an overview of the Graduating to Resilience RFSA, describes the evaluation design for the activity’s second cohort, and provides summary statistics and indicator estimates based on a recently completed round of baseline data collection. Innovations for Poverty Action, with a team of 38 enumerators, administered a baseline survey to 2,570 households in November and December 2021, in the Kamwenge district and in the Rwamwanja settlement. The survey took place before the kickoff of the Graduating to Resilience Cohort 2 and its Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Groups interventions, which started in February 2022.
In 2021, Phase 2 consists of both a round of follow-up surveying of Cohort 1 study participants to measure longer-term impacts, as well as an evaluation designed specifically around Cohort 2 interventions. The latter aims to provide new evidence on how to amplify the impact of the Refined Graduation Approach by incorporating low-cost mental health treatments using Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Groups (IPT-G) methodology. This report focuses on a recent round of baseline surveying that was conducted as part of the design to evaluate Cohort 2. The evaluation of Cohort 2 of the Graduation to Resilience activity has two objectives. The first is to assess the impact of the Refined Graduation Approach in the context of the Phase 2 evaluation. The second objective is to provide new evidence on how to amplify the impact of the Graduation Approach by incorporating low-cost mental health treatments through the IPT-G intervention.