Project Publications

Assessment of Referral Activities in Iringa, Tanzania from 2014 to 2016

December 2016  | Tanzania

LIFT II Assessment of Referral Activities in Iringa, Tanzania from 2014 to 2016 (PDF)

LIFT II has been actively engaged in Tanzania since 2014. Working with health facility staff and existing community service providers, LIFT has supported establishment of bi-directional RNs that link HIV-positive clients to economic strengthening, livelihood and food security (ES/L/FS) services as part of Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support (NACS) in Iringa Region, Tanzania. Quantitative and […]

Lessons Learned in the Implementation of Referrals in Lesotho

March 2016  | Lesotho

Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Referrals in Lesotho (PDF)

In 2012, Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa (BLC) and Livelihoods and Food Security Technical Assistance II (LIFT) recognized their potential synergies and began to evaluate opportunities to integrate Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support (NACS) into HIV care and treatment services in Lesotho. The LIFT-BLC partnership has directly supported health and […]

Technical Process Note: Community Score Card

December 2015

Facilitating Feedback for Improved Service Delivery: Community Score Card (PDF)

As referral networks mature, service providers are interested in understanding the functionality of the network, including client perceptions and which services are being most utilized. The Community Score Card (CSC) identifies bottlenecks to service delivery and usage, helps generate solutions, and provides mechanisms to track quality improvement for interventions in health, education, environment and livelihoods. Complementing referral […]

Linking to Improve Health and Livelihoods for Vulnerable Populations

May 2015

LIFT Menu of Services (PDF)

The Livelihoods and Food Security Technical Assistance (LIFT) project was initiated to provide technical assistance and strategic support to US and foreign government agencies, their implementing partners, and other public, private and civil society partners to improve the food and livelihood security of vulnerable households, with a particular focus on people living with HIV, orphans […]

Technical Process Note: Capacity Strengthening and Mentoring

April 2015

Reinforcing the Foundation of Referral Networks: Capacity Strengthening and Mentoring (PDF)

LIFT works with health facilities and community-based service providers to establish effective clinic-community referral networks (RNs) that can operate with existing resources. Preliminary activities may include stakeholder engagement and orientation on the project’s TA approach; a situational analysis of the health, nutrition, economic and gender dynamics in the community; an organizational network analysis or service mapping to identify […]

Technical Process Note: Stakeholder Meetings

March 2015

Galvanizing Service Providers to Create Effective Referral Networks: Stakeholder Meetings (PDF)

This technical note provides an overview of stakeholder meetings–a critical step in LIFT’s process of supporting communities to establish clinic-community referral networks. Knowing what services exist in a community is not enough for a referral network to be effective. In addition, a collective network identity and ongoing collaboration are needed to reach the common goal of helping […]

Technical Intervention Notes: Enterprise Development Through Value Chains

December 2014

Brief 3.1: Promotion - Overview (PDF)   |   Brief 3.2: Promotion - Implementation (PDF)   |   Brief 3.3: Promotion - Monitoring & Evaluation (PDF)

This series of technical notes focuses on value chains (VCs) as a means of asset protection and consumption smoothing. VC interventions are most appropriate for households falling in the “promotion” category of the provision-protection-promotion continuum of household economic vulnerability. Household enterprises are the fastest growing segment in terms of numbers, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to aggregate employment, production […]

Technical Intervention Notes: Savings Groups

July 2014

Brief 2.1: Protection - Overview (PDF)   |   Brief 2.2: Protection - Implementation (PDF)   |   Brief 2.3: Protection - Monitoring & Evaluation (PDF)   |   Brief 2.4: Protection - State of the Evidence (PDF)

This series of technical notes focuses on savings groups (SGs) as a means of asset protection and consumption smoothing. Savings groups are most appropriate for households falling in the “protection” category of the provision-protection-promotion continuum of household economic vulnerability. From remote rural areas to urban slums, savings groups provide cash-scarce households with a secure place to save […]

Technical Process Note: Situational Analysis

July 2014

Informing Contextual Livelihood Programming: Situational Analysis (PDF)

This technical process note provides an overview of the situational analysis–the first step in LIFT II’s country- and community-specific program design process. From the national level to the community level, an SA provides a critical understanding of a wide array of interrelated factors—including contextual vulnerabilities, societal gender and cultural norms related to economic strengthening, livelihoods, and food security (ES/L/FS). […]

Technical Process Note: Clinic-to-Community Referral Systems

April 2014

Improving Health and Social Outcomes for People Living with HIV: Clinic-to-Community Referral Systems (PDF)

This technical process note provides an overview of LIFT II’s work in establishing clinic-to-community referral systems. LIFT II connects clients accessing clinical HIV and nutrition services to a continuum of care and support, focusing on links to economic strengthening, livelihood, and food security opportunities that can improve their overall health and social outcomes. The creation of a viable […]