Bantwana has developed a range of simple, practical tools and strategies to assess how our programs improve the capacity of organizations to provide high-quality, comprehensive OVC services.  These methods also assess the impact our initiatives have on children’s lives. Bantwana tracks the number of children who receive direct services, such as educational support, counseling, access to basic healthcare, or support to launch small business activities.  Our tools help partners measure their own progress in improving effectiveness and reach, and they also measure how programs are actually impacting children’s lives.

Bantwana shares results with all program stakeholders, including communities, families, schools, public officials, policymakers, and donors. By strengthening efforts to capture effective information and ensure understanding between communities and policymakers, we create the momentum necessary to replicate and expand successful models in different contexts.

Click on any of the tools below to see how Bantwana has supported specific programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Community Dialogues on Gender-Based Violence: Facilitator Guide Community Dialogues on Gender-Based Violence cover image

    This Facilitator Guide was developed to promote community advocacy to stem gender-based violence and to encourage community members and opinion leaders to collectively discuss their concerns, exchange ideas, and develop key messages that promote safe, health, and productive life choices for families and communities.

  • Male Peer Groups Facilitator Guide Male Peer Groups Facilitators Guide cover image

    This guide was developed to promote peer-to-peer discussions for men around intimate partner violence. It supports open discussion with men about intimate partner violence, and promotes positive masculine ideals that support safe, healthy, and productive families.

  • Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Programme: Giving Out-of-School Children a Second Chance

    This case study presents extensive project monitoring data to offer a narrative and evidence base regarding how the Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Programme (ZALP) model has worked to-date and provides strategic and forward-looking recommendations for expanding the provision of second chance education in Zimbabwe.

  • Innovations in Systems Strengthening: The Case Management Model

    Bantwana is now piloting its community-based case management model in Uganda. The model is an innovative, cost effective approach designed to ensure that highly vulnerable children in Uganda receive the urgent care and support they need in their own communities.

  • Developing An Effective Referral System – STAR-EC Case Study

    This case study provides a brief overview of Bantwana’s referrals and networking strategies for the STAR-EC program and reviews key steps to develop a functional referral system in East Central Uganda.

  • Teacher’s Handbook for Early Childhood Care and Education in Swaziland

    Bantwana developed this handbook to help Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers adhere to quality standards of ECCE education in Swaziland.

  • Economic Opportunities for Youth: Building Skills for the 21st Century

    In Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, widespread HIV and poverty contribute to high rates of youth unemployment. This brief discusses Bantwana’s efforts to better prepare youth for the working world across all three countries.

  • School Health Outreach Program (SHOP) Case Study

    The SHOP case study discusses the health status of children in Swaziland and describes SHOP’s programmatic approach.

  • Voices from Youth – Bantwana Integrated Schools Program (BSIP) Case Study

    Bantwana commissioned this case study in 2012 to gather views and recommendations from adolescents to inform its BSIP program.

  • Protecting Ourselves and Each Other: Tanzania Edition

    The Pamoja Tuwalee program in Tanzania has adapted the first child protection booklet from Western Uganda, working with local children to make it a relevant resource for them and their peers…

  • Strengthening Networks and Referral Systems

    This one-page overview highlights the STAR-EC program in Uganda, a USAID-funded program implemented by John Snow, Inc., World Education, and Bantwana. The overview discusses how STAR-EC brings together key stakeholders to strengthen the networks…

  • Child Profiling Report: Round III

    The Child Profiling Study explores changes in child well-being from baseline data collected in February 2009 and follow-up data collected in December 2010 and 2012 from the Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP)…

  • Policy Brief: The Efficacy of Child Rights Clubs in Uganda

    This policy brief focuses on child rights clubs (CRCs), a component of Bantwana’s Western Uganda Bantwana Program. Violence against children by adults at home or in school remains a huge issue in Uganda…

  • Protecting Ourselves and Each Other: A Call to Action

    This workbook follows from the first volume, Protecting Ourselves and Each Other: A Child Rights & Protection Resource, which introduces child rights and responsibilities and identifies child protection resources in the community…

  • Economic Strengthening and Child Protection in Western Uganda WUBP Livelihoods Study

    This study, conducted in partnership with researchers from Columbia University, examines the relationship between household livelihoods and child well-being and protection in two districts of Western Uganda…

  • Psychosocial Assessment (PSS) Psychosocial Assessment (PSS)

    The PSS Assessment was conducted in May 2010 through the Western Uganda Bantwana Initiative to gain a better sense of how community-based organizations (CBOs) implement PSS activities in their organizations…

  • Child Profiling Report: Round II

    The Child Profiling Study explores changes in child wellbeing from baseline data collected in February 2009 and follow up data collected in December 2010 through Western Uganda Bantwana Program’s (WUBP) nine community-based organization (CBO) partners…

  • Synthesis Report on Scaling Up National Responses to Children Affected by AIDS Synthesis Report on New Regional Evidence of Scaling Up National Responses to Children Affected by AIDS

    In 2011, with support from UNICEF, the Bantwana Initiative conducted in‐country research in Mozambique, Swaziland, and Uganda, and desk research across eight countries with high HIV prevalence in southern and eastern Africa to document the evolution of National Plans of Action (NPAs) for Children Affected by HIV and AIDS (CABA)…

  • Child Protection Case Study Child Protection Case Study

    The Bantwana Initiative conducted this case study in 2011 to learn how to improve the effectiveness, quality, and reach of child protection efforts implemented by community based organizations (CBOs) and the Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP)…

  • Value Addition Pilot Case Study Value Addition Pilot Case Study

    The Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP) has implemented livelihood activities that have led to income generation for participating households and subsequent improvements in meeting children’s basic needs…

  • Child Protection Case Study: Karambi Alliance Child Protection Case Study: Karambi Alliance for Community Development of Orphans and Widows

    KACDOW, a Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP) partner, has developed a child protection program that establishes systems of protection at all levels around the child…

  • Psychosocial Counseling and Home Visit Guide for Volunteers

    Psychosocial support (PSS) is a set of interventions used to meet a person’s emotional, social, mental, and spiritual needs. PSS is very important for the healthy development of all children and critical for orphaned and vulnerable children…