AVSI (Lead Agency) AVSI is an international NGO, founded in 1972, with its headquarters in Italy. AVSI has been working in Uganda since 1984. AVSI’s mission is to support integral human development with an approach that prioritizes education, participation of civil society and capacity building of local partners and government. AVSI’s sectors of operation in Uganda include education, health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, protection, economic recovery and livelihoods, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. AVSI runs operations from its headquarters in Kampala and four field offices (Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, and Lira). Currently, AVSI Uganda has an annual budget of circa $9 million for a wide range of programmes across the country. AVSI’s donors for programs in Uganda include USAID, the EU, the Italian and Dutch Government, UNICEF, UNHCR, amongst others. AVSI is currently implementing the USG-funded initiative Livelihoods, Education and Protection (LEAP) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and has recently completed the Stability, Peace and Reconciliation In Northern Uganda (SPRING), funded by USAID through a contract with Cardno Emerging Markets, and the 4-country, 5 year, 26 million USD PEPFAR-funded programme for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). AVSI has strong experience executing sub-grants to local partners both outside of and within cooperative agreements with USAID. AVSI’s main office in Kampala is equipped with the financial management and accounting systems capable of managing cooperative agreements of similar size and complexity to the present project proposal. Each field office has an administrative and logistics department that reports to the main Kampala department. AVSI’s support to vulnerable children, and food security and nutrition experience for HIV affected families and VC in Uganda dates back to 1984. Throughout the country AVSI has since supported VC and their families through a comprehensive family centered approach. AVSI’s method works through capacity building of country systems including district offices and local community based partners. AVSI works within existing Ugandan frameworks and policies, and promotes learning, accountability, and sustainable projects. AVSI’s focus on individual and family strengths while addressing their needs enforces resilience and sustainable development. In 2002 AVSI started providing non-agriculture income generation support to vulnerable persons in northern Uganda with funds from USAID/PEPFAR, EU, ECHO, the Dutch Government, and private funding. More than 6,000 vulnerable persons have been supported to develop income generating activities (IGAs), among them orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, formerly abducted children, vulnerable women and youth. The USAID funded SPRING program linked the community level work - direct training, grants, and support to entrepreneurs - with market analysis and value chain assessment. Nutrition programs for vulnerable children have been part of AVSI’s health and HIV/AIDS strategy since the 1980s. Through collaboration with hospitals and health centers AVSI aims to promote nutritional status, and prevent and respond to malnutrition and its effects, in tandem with food security and agricultural development interventions. AVSI has implemented several programs on child protection and education throughout Uganda. These vary from USAID grants to prevent child labor, and provision of psychosocial support to children and youth during and after the conflict in northern Uganda, to UNHCR funded camp management and return monitoring. In the education sector AVSI provides comprehensive packages to schools in return areas in northern Uganda, including infrastructural, material, psychosocial, capacity building, and water and sanitation activities, with a specific focus on girls, children with disabilities, and children from HIV affected families. AVSI closely collaborates with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and has signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding endorsing AVSI’s family approach to vulnerable children. In 2010, AVSI received a Certificate of Excellence in Partnership from the Gulu District Local Government. In the implementation of this project, AVSI has secured a commitment to collaboration by The Salvation Army, Uganda, and by Retrack, to carry out activities in some of the Eastern Districts and in Kampala, addressing street children respectively. AVSI will enter in a subgrant agreement with these agencies. AVSI will also coordinate the terms of the programmatic collaboration with FIDA, providing important technical contents to the project’s Objectives in the area of protection, rights and legal services. FIDA has signed a letter of commitment to this project (see Annex T16). AVSI can count on a network of local partners which currently reach more than, 4,700 vulnerable children in target districts (see Annex T17). CARE - CARE Programming in Uganda targets vulnerable communities such as the extreme poor, internally displaced people, and women and children to provide assistance and opportunities for sustainable development. CARE addresses the underlying causes of poverty through its programming categorized under four major strategic directions including: economic rights, conflict and peace building, governance, and social protection. The latter strategic direction includes a specific focus on and sensitivity to marginalized populations as related to their access to essential social services and their decision making status in communities. This approach includes a comprehensive assessment of all segments of vulnerable populations to ensure that the most disadvantaged are able to benefit fully from CARE interventions. CARE Uganda currently implements 15 projects at national and sub-national level. Most of these projects are active at local, district and national levels and CARE’s projects spread over 45 districts, with Memoranda of Understanding signed with 8 districts. In Uganda, CARE successfully implemented several programs on HIV / AIDS, care and support to orphans and other vulnerable children, general reproductive health, adolescent reproductive health for many years. These programs have included significant components of both increasing access to social services and strategically linking with other CARE interventions involved in economic strengthening. Key amongst these programs has been the five-year Communities Responding to HIV/AIDS Epidemic (CORE) Initiative, of which CARE Uganda was the lead. The purpose of the program was to expand targeted HIV/AIDS services for youth and critical services for orphans and vulnerable children by facilitating collaboration between the Government and civil society. The program established strong strategic and operational linkages with other OVC programs in Uganda and beyond. The initiative reached 687,908 youth through activities promoting HIV/AIDS prevention and benefited 88,000 OVCs. Notable accomplishments under its economic strengthening initiative include: activities focusing on increasing production and marketing agricultural crops, increasing access to financial services and supporting small income generating projects to enhance livelihoods of the poor, particularly women. CARE also works at the national level providing Village Savings and Loan (VSL) services to over 361,687 clients (70% of which being women) throughout Uganda as part of a national program to establish a sustainable VSL methodology and movement. CARE Uganda has worked with over 100 NGO / CBO partners, several private sector organizations, various ministries and departments of the Government of Uganda (e.g. the Ministry of Gender Labor & Social Development), and Local Governments. TPO Uganda TPO Uganda is national Ugandan NGO that has been operating in Uganda for the past 16 years delivering social development projects to communities and households in unstable environments affected by conflict, disaster, HIV/AIDS and poverty. TPO is presently delivering direct services in over 16 districts spread across West Nile, Northern and North-Eastern Uganda. The organization has a strong experience in community empowerment and institutional-level capacity-building. The approach to building capacity of community support structures proposed in this project was developed by TPO Uganda within an evidence base that has been documented and published. It is a model that has proven effective in mobilizing social action, community capacity development and community participation in directing its own recovery and development. TPO Uganda is a lead provider of psychosocial support services in Uganda. Through its Training and Capacity Building Unit, TPO has over time built capacity of Civil Society Organizations and local government departments to mainstream psychosocial support into their programs. The Psychosocial Training Manual for OVC was for instance developed by TPO and is now part of the OVC Tool Kit. At institutional level, as a lead partner to both UNICEF and UNFPA, TPO developed a strong experience in building capacity of district technocrats, the police, magistrates and other law enforcement officers in responding to incidents of juvenile justice, psychosocial care and child protection. TPO Uganda was recently delegated by the MOGLSD and UNICEF to lead the process of training CBSD staff and CSOs in the Interagency Child Protection Core Modules. As a Technical Support Organization under the CORE Project, TPO facilitated over 12 local governments to develop OVC strategic plans in the West Nile and Karamoja Region over the past 3 years. This has exposed us to the various dynamics of working with local governments especially in the area of capacity building and strengthening service delivery systems. As a past TSO, TPO Uganda has consistently been positively evaluated (MOGLSD/CORE 2008; MOGLSD 2009) and in a recent financial compliance visit by the CSF/FMA, TPO was acclaimed for its approach of building capacity of all the CSF sub-grantees in financial management and organizational development. FHI 360 FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have lasting impact on the individuals, families, communities and countries we serve – improving lives for millions.