The Household Economic Strengthening Activities (HESA) project aims to improve the effectiveness of economic strengthening activities to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. HESA enables orphans and vulnerable children and their families to cope with the adverse effects of the epidemic and in particular, the financial hardships caused by caring for someone with HIV.
HESA is also designed to strengthen the capacity of local partners to implement evidence-based economic strengthening activities while improving documentation and knowledge sharing.
FHI 360 implements HESA, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in four regional states (Amhara; Oromia; Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples; and Tigray) and two administrative cities (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa).
HESA will assess, craft and deliver a program of training, technical assistance and mentoring to support USAID programs, as well as their prime and subpartners, in improving the quality of economic strengthening activities.
HESA aims to:
- Increase the technical capacity of local partners to implement economic strengthening activities
- Standardize economic strengthening approaches, activities and supportive supervision to create an environment for on-the-job learning and quality improvement
- Improve the coordination, referral and collaboration among stakeholders in designing, planning and implementing economic strengthening activities
- Enhance the capacity, ownership and leadership of the Government of Ethiopia to manage economic strengthening activities
- Expand the evidence base for economic strengthening activities