Endline Report: Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children into Families (ESFAM) Project

ChildFund International and FHI 360

The Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children into Families (ESFAM) project was implemented in Gulu, Kamuli and Luwero Districts in Uganda from November 2015 to June 2018 by ChildFund and technical partners Making Cents International and Women’s Refugee Commission with funding and technical support provided by FHI 360 through the USAID-funded Accelerated Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) Family Care subproject. ESFAM aimed to contribute to program learning and development of the evidence base related to economic strengthening (ES) interventions and family preservation by assessing the effectiveness and cost efficiency of sequenced and overlapping economic strengthening interventions (integrated with social support services) implemented at household and child levels, to reduce the effects of key drivers of unnecessary family-child separation (poverty and lack of access to education). It worked with 611 families identified to be at high risk of separation and 89 families reintegrating with a child who had returned from a Child Care Institution (CCI).

This final report describes the project and presents findings from an evaluation of the program, including its implementation and outcomes as well as its impacts.