The project is building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development and implementing partners to improve the quality of care and support services for vulnerable children and their caregivers in 10 states and spread improvement to additional sites. 

Building on work funded under HCI, ASSIST is supporting institutional strengthening of federal, state, and local government levels to develop and pilot standards for such services using quality improvement methodologies. In FY12, draft vulnerable children standards were reviewed by various stakeholders, resulting in a final draft.  ASSIST is supporting the piloting of the standards in 12 states to gather evidence from the application of services standards and to ascertain whether the proposed standards are doable, relevant, effective, and appropriate and whether using the standards makes a difference in the well-being of children.

Key Activities

  • Build the capacity of Federal and State Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Development in supporting communities to implement the national service standards for vulnerable children
  • Support the two Umbrella Grant Mechanism implementing partners (Save the Children/STEER Project and Catholic Relief Services/SMILE Project) to build the capacity of community-based organizations to improve care for vulnerable children and families 

Relevant Materials

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