TOPS provides technical support to improve the efficacy and impact of Title II and other food aid programming. Toward that PCI has been awarded a modest grant to support our Title II, which PCI is matching with its own private resources almost 1:1, to pilot test the integration of PCI’s GROW savings and empowerment model and CARE groups. This is a leadership opportunity for PCI• NutritionFood security• Agricultural and economic developmentSocial and behavior change in food security and nutrition• Knowledge dissemination and networkingTOPS experience is an opportunity for us to:Position ourselves as leaders in the fieldLearn about strategies/models/best practicesNetwork with other organizations and donors Take part in continued discussions/learning forums
Integration of Care Group and Savings-Led Empowerment Model_Carolyn Kruger Ph.D._4.23.13
INVESTING INSUSTAINABLESOLUTIONSINTEGRATION OF CARE GROUP ANDSAVINGS-LED EMPOWERMENT MODELCarolyn Kruger, Ph.D.Sr. Advisor, MNCHPCIApril 23, 2013
TOPS Small Grant Opportunity: Liberia LAUNCH(Liberian Agricultural Upgrading Nutritional and Child Health)Innovation in Social and Behavior Change in FoodSecurity and Nutrition ProgrammingIntegration of the Care Group MCHN BCC Modelwith the GROW Social and Economic Development Model:Synergies in Food and Nutrition Security ProgrammingOpportunity toexpand theTraditional CareGroups with GROWmethodology toWest AfricaOpportunity toconduct operationalresearch, showleadership inimplementingsavings groupswithin differentcontexts, as well asthe immense impactof integratedstrategies
“Grass Roots Building our Own Wealth”An approach to community mobilization anddevelopment that aims to empower vulnerablepopulations socially, economically, andpolitically. Local Community Facilitatorsorganize and capacitate self-managed savingsgroups focused on building the economic ANDsocial capital of members Combines best practices in savings group models Unique aspects that intentionally build socialcapital of members/communities Remarkable preliminary results in reducedpoverty and perceived helplessness among poorwomen caregiversWhat is the GROW Model?CHARACTERISTICS OF THEGROW MODEL: Primarily targets women Self-generated resources Rotational leadershipMembers have similarsocio-economic status Self-managedPlatform for developmentof social capital
StructureTraditional Care Group Structure Integrated GROW GroupsResults• Improved MNCHBehavior Change• Improved SocialEconomicCapitalImprovedHealth andLivelihoodSecurity
Key Challenges1. Time burden - monitor time burden thatwomen face participating in both models.2. Staff capacity to implement both modelstogether.3. Determining multiple benefits fromimplementing two models together(comparison analysis will be conducted).
INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS Sustainable: Target programsthat change lives now andfor future generations Cost Effective: Engagecommunities and families insolutions Leverage: Achieve multipliereffect by leveraging grantfunding with increasedprivate supportThank You