Jun 14, 2013Urwaruka Rushasha (New Generation): Improving the wellbeing of vulnerable children in Burundi (final evaluation - May 2013)
Burundi is recovering from decades of conflict and is one of the poorest countries in the world. The IRC’s New Generation project in Burundi was developed with the support of USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) to increase the ability of caregivers to protect and care for their children. The project included family-based discussion sessions and an economic intervention involving the establishment of Village Savings and Loans Associations and provision of entrepreneurship and financial literacy education. A rigorous impact evaluation of the New Generation project found that the economic intervention improved the economic outcomes of poor households and reduced family problems but did not appear to reduce harsh discipline practices or impact overall family functioning, positive discipline, child wellbeing or mental health.The evaluation also found that the family-based discussion sessions significantly reduced harsh physical and verbal discipline in the home but, according to survey data from caregivers, did not have a significant impact on children’s mental health and wellbeing outcomes.