In December 2010, on request from the USAID/Swaziland Mission, the LIFT project conducted an assessment of opportunities for improving the impact of PEPFAR-funded economic strengthening programs for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
The goal of this assessment was to improve the programming for HIV/AIDS-affected families, especially those supporting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through improved/integrated economic strengthening/livelihoods/food security (ES/L/FS) programming. The assessment team examined the current state of existing PEPFAR and Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (GOKS) programming, analyzed a baseline of livelihoods data and visited and interviewed over 29 programs and organizations. This was complemented by a review of the current conceptual framework for understanding livelihoods and vulnerability, standards of practice for implementing ES programs and priorities and LIFT’s experience in other countries.
In this report, LIFT presents three sets of recommendations: (1) types of programs the USAID/Swaziland should invest in; (2) technical assistance activities for new and existing partners; and (3) support to broader efforts within Swaziland to build an effective referral system based on strategic linkages, partnerships and the recognition of evolving needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).
As a result of this assessment, USAID issued an independent RFA for a project to address the service gaps identified in the report. This resulted in the development of the Community Based Livelihood Development for Women and Children in Swaziland (CBLD) project which is also led by FHI 360.