This year, AVSI Foundation is proud to celebrate the success of our “Graduating to Resilience” Activity and, in turn, the effectiveness of the Graduation model in reducing poverty and improving psycho-social well-being for greater resilience. In partnership with Trickle Up and AIR and with the generous support of USAID, this groundbreaking initiative has dramatically enhanced the lives of over 13,000 households in Uganda.

As we mark this significant milestone, we are thrilled to announce a series of global events designed to share the insights and achievements from this transformative program and the model. These gatherings will serve as platforms for learning, discussion, and collaboration, aiming to showcase the Graduation model as a global benchmark.

We invite you to mark your calendars and join us for these engaging and insightful events. Stay tuned for more details.

Webinar Series

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This webinar will explore how the Activity used the theory of change to drive program implementation and adaptation.

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This webinar will discuss the importance of resilience measurement in the context of durable solutions framework.

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This webinar will explore the different livelihood interventions and share lessons learned and best practices from Activity implementation.

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 This webinar will explore how the Activity used feedback and accountability mechanisms to ensure that the Activity design and implementation approaches were aligned with participant needs and interests.

Event Recap:


April 24, AVSI, together with our partners USAID, Trickle Up, and AIR, hosted an insightful webinar on the “Adaptation of the Graduation Approach” as part of our ongoing series of learning events. The discussion delved into the adaptation nuances of the Graduating to Resilience Activity in Uganda.


Jackie Aldrette, Deputy Secretary General of AVSI Foundation, began by affirming that the Graduation Approach has been tried, tested, and proven effective. This matters greatly to us at AVSI and our donors like USAID, as we are committed to implementing strategies that reflect the best evidence to uplift livelihoods and save lives.


Adaptation is key to this success, for we understand that reality is complex and contexts vary. That’s why we ensure that our approach is human-centered, tailoring our interventions to the specific needs and realities of the communities we serve.


During the webinar, we explored various aspects of the Activity and how they were adapted, including targeting, coaching, social cohesion, food security, scalability, and more. We also shed light on our decision-making processes, emphasizing the importance of informed choices backed by studies, evaluations, and external feedback. As well as, intentional pause and reflect moments in the project lifecycle, to allow us to pilot and test changes before scaling up and ensure that our interventions are not only effective, but also sustainable.


The Graduation Approach has proven to be a highly cost-effective way to support vulnerable populations in diverse contexts. We are excited to continue our journey of learning and exploration, uncovering how this model can further transform lives, not just in Uganda, but across the globe.

event at USAID Learning & EVIDENCE MONTH

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Date and Time: May 3, 2024, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT

Overview: This crucial webinar will delve into the Graduating to Resilience Activity, an initiative funded by USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and implemented in Uganda by the AVSI Foundation, in collaboration with Trickle Up and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The program aims to transition 13,200 extremely impoverished refugee and Ugandan households in Kamwenge from food insecurity and fragile livelihoods towards self-reliance and resilience.

Objectives: The session will explore the use of the graduation approach—an integrated, multi-sectoral strategy adapted to local conditions to effectively tackle poverty’s root causes. The approach has been implemented across 44 countries and is continually refined based on local challenges and opportunities. Through a randomized control trial overseen by Innovations for Poverty Action, this Activity has tested various strategies to determine the most cost-effective methods to enhance food security, nutrition, and resilience to environmental and economic shocks.

Progress and Insights: Spanning seven years and two cohorts, the initiative has incorporated extensive adaptive management techniques, including theory of change reviews, community assessments, participant feedback, and performance monitoring. These measures have facilitated ongoing adjustments to the project’s design and implementation, enhancing its impact and efficiency.

Impact and Future Directions: The webinar will highlight how findings from this project are not only guiding future USAID resilience initiatives in Uganda but also contributing globally to the scaling of effective developmental approaches. Attendees will gain insights into evidence-based decision-making processes crucial for scaling up resilience and self-reliance programs worldwide.

Join us to learn how adaptive strategies and rigorous evidence can pave the way for enhanced resilience and sustainable development.

USAID Resilience Learning Event in Uganda


Graduating to Resilience market place event in Uganda

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G2R Learning Events in Washington, DC

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