EnCompass Insights

February 11, 2016

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, by Presidential proclamation. As we leave January behind, it’s imperative that we continue the fight against modern day slavery. Being focused for one month is certainly a great step in the right direction to raise awareness, but that’s not enough. Human trafficking occurs every hour, every day: 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months a year.

According to UNODC, the most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation, predominantly of women and girls. The second most common form (18%) is forced labor, though these cases are less frequently detected, and include women, girls, boys, and men. Almost one third of traffickers have been reported to be women, thus only about 70% of the perpetrators are men. It...

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January 10, 2016

Photo via USAID

Reflecting on safe education for all during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

What was school like when you were growing up?  If you attended school in the United States, you will most likely reflect upon days spent in a safe classroom where learning was the priority. For millions of children around the world, this experience could not be further from reality. Violence is an everyday occurrence for many students at and on their way to school. Bullying, sexual assault, physical violence, and emotional abuse are just a few forms of school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) experienced by millions of children around the world. SRGBV includes physical, sexual, or psychological violence or...

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November 30, 2015

This blog post was originally published by the USAID Assist Project.

As we work toward ending the global HIV epidemic by the year 2030, optimizing the health workforce has never been more important. PEPFAR 3.0 directs investment to target regions and services to achieve epidemic control. Yet, as countries strive to achieve more with less, what activities and approaches will best support and enable increased utilization of the existing health workforce to deliver and sustain quality HIV/AIDS services?

A recent investigation explores a...

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September 29, 2015

Primary level students in a rural Zambian community school (c/o Zachariah Falconer-Stout)

The USAID Education Strategy approaches education as both foundational to human development and critically linked to economic growth and democratic governance. Education raises individual incomes and improves health outcomes. Access to education is a crucial precondition to educational impact, but what matters most thereafter is the quality of education. Recognizing these important links to other powerful drivers of development, EnCompass has recently developed a number of resources focused on practical solutions and innovative approaches in education that empower girls and boys to create a better future in all countries.

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September 01, 2015

This guest post was written by Christy Allison and Maria Brindlmayer of JBS International, Inc. JBS is an EnCompass partner on the USAID Evaluation Services IDIQ contract.

In a recent conversation we heard someone ask: “If impact evaluations are so powerful, why don’t we just use them more often?” Impact evaluations are sometimes characterized as the most important evaluations, and among them, the randomized control trials (RCTs) as the “gold standard”. What makes them so coveted is their ability to assign causality, i.e., being able to measure the change in a development outcome and attribute it to a defined intervention. Donors and implementers want to invest in interventions...

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