Par : Jean NADEMBEGA, Nougoutara Karim, CONGO Sibri Joseph, VEBAMBA Thierry, MANDO Mohamed Malgalawende

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Au Burkina Faso, la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle constitue un défi majeur pour les jeunes filles, surtout en milieu rural où la question reste un tabou. Et, comme dans de nombreuses autres régions du monde, la “pauvreté menstruelle” est très répandue, ce qui signifie que les filles et les femmes n’ont pas de connaissances sur la menstruation et ne peuvent pas se permettre d’acheter ou d’accéder au matériel sanitaire nécessaire.

L’activité de résilience et sécurité alimentaire ViMPlus (financée par le…


By: Jean NADEMBEGA, Nougoutara Karim, CONGO Sibri Joseph, VEBAMBA Thierry, MANDO Mohamed Malgalawende

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In Burkina Faso, hygienic management of menstruation is a major challenge for young girls, especially in rural settings where it remains a taboo. And, as in many other parts of the world, “period poverty” is widespread, meaning girls and women lack knowledge of menstruation and cannot afford or access necessary sanitary materials.

The ViMPlus Resilience Food Security Activity (funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance), is working to address this challenge through a number of interventions, including youth clubs, production of…


Part Four: Adapting to COVID-19

By Andie Procopio, IMPAQ International

Welcome to the fourth and final post in our series following three USAID-funded food security and resilience activities as they apply the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach (Graduation Approach).

This time we will discuss how an unprecedented shock — the COVID-19 pandemic — provided a unique opportunity to reassess activity components and adapt implementation modalities to ensure households are progressing towards graduation from extreme poverty.

The blogs are based on a webinar organized by IDEAL in 2020, where field-based program staff from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Uganda discussed how their respective activities have worked to lift households out…


Journée mondiale de l’eau 2021 : La valeur de l’eau

Par : Nicole Weber, PRO-WASH

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Aujourd’hui, nous célébrons la Journée mondiale de l’eau sous le thème de la valorisation de l’eau. Le moment est bien choisi. Tout récemment, nous avons observé avec tristesse le premier anniversaire de la déclaration de la pandémie de COVID-19, et je pense que nous ressentons tous plus que jamais la valeur de l’eau. Une année intensive de lavage des mains, de nettoyage et de désinfection dans nos foyers, sur nos lieux de travail et dans les établissements de santé nous a enseigné à tous — en tant qu’individus, ménages…


World Water Day 2021: Valuing Water

By: Nicole Weber, PRO-WASH

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Today we celebrate World Water Day under the theme Valuing Water. The timing is appropriate. Just recently, we somberly observed the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration, and I think we all feel the value of water more than ever. A full year of intense handwashing, cleaning, and disinfection in our homes, workplaces, and healthcare settings has taught us all — as individuals, households, and communities — the critical role water plays in the fight against infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. At the same time, the pandemic itself has…


Part Three: Lessons Learned

By Andie Procopio, IMPAQ International

In this third part of our series, we will look at some key lessons learned among the three USAID-funded food security and resilience activities that are adapting the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach (Graduation Approach). We will look closer at each of the following areas:

  • The importance of using a participatory approach to targeting
  • How to achieve nutrition outcomes
  • Engaging the private sector
  • How to address gender and cultural norms

These lessons not only support the USAID 2020 Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment Policy, the USAID 2014–2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, and USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Strategy, but…


Part Two: Preliminary Outcomes and Findings

By Andie Procopio, IMPAQ International

Welcome back to our blog mini-series where we follow three USAID-funded food security and resilience activities as they apply the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach (Graduation Approach). The blogs are based on a webinar organized by IDEAL in 2020, where field-based program staff from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Uganda discussed how their respective activities have worked to lift households out of extreme poverty, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In case you missed Part One, the three activities highlighted in the series are:

An overview of the three activities that have adapted the Graduation Approach.
An overview of the three activities that have adapted the Graduation Approach.

Preliminary Outcomes

In a bit we’ll discuss some very promising emerging outcomes that show how…


Part One: Adapting the Approach to Context

By Andie Procopio, IMPAQ International

If you are working with food security and resilience programming, chances are you have heard about the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach, or simply the Graduation Approach. Originally developed in 2002 by the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC) in Bangladesh, it has gained international recognition as a key strategy to building secure, sustainable, and resilient livelihoods. Its uniqueness lies in the holistic approach that combines and carefully sequences interventions over a limited amount of time, merging components of social protection, livelihoods, nutrition, WASH, and financial inclusion.

What do we mean when we say ultra-poor? According to the…


By Siddarth Senthilkumaran

Six posters. Seven countries. Eight presenters. As part of the virtual COVID-19 Data for Decision-Making: Activity Showcase, the IDEAL activity took participants on a tour of East and Southern Africa on Wednesday, October 7. The event began with practitioners from six food security projects making a short pitch to the participants about their posters. Showcase participants then joined each presenter in small groups, with their poster, to hear more about applying data to improve their food security activities. IDEAL hosted this interactive tour on Miro (an online collaboration tool) and each presenter was in their own Zoom…


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