Productive Safety Net Program Graduation (PSNP GRAD)
Productive Safety Net Program Graduation with Resilience to Sustainable Development
Date of Operation: 2012 - 2016
Primary Implementing Partner: CARE
Other Implementing Partners: Catholic Relief Services, Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), Relief Society of Tigray (REST), Ethiopian Catholic Church-Social Development & Coordinating Office of Meki and Ziway, and Agri Service Ethiopia (ASE). Also Holland’s SNV is providing a technical advisor on value chains, and Tufts University will conduct evaluation and knowledge management.
Regions of Operation: 16 PSNP woredas are targeted for GRAD operations: Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray
Assist poor, rural households in the creation of assets that enhance their livelihoods potential and graduate them from dependence on the Productive Safety Net Program.
- Support climate change adaptation activities
- Support viable on farm and off-farm income generation
- Facilitate access to financial services
- Improve input and output marketing
- Target women for literacy and numeracy training
Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) builds on lessons learned from several predecessor USAID projects and activities, including PSNP Plus. An emphasis will be placed on market linkages, access to microfinance, and diversification of household income sources. Additionally, GRAD will also focus on building the resilience of communities through supporting climate change adaptation activities, which will address the high amount of vulnerability in chronically food insecure areas.
PSNP GRAD prioritizes interventions that:
- Increase availability and diversity of asset bases
- Engage institutions influencing asset and capital entitlements
- Facilitate information and knowledge flows supporting climate adaptation activities
- Foster innovation and creative solution finding GRAD operates within the general framework of the Government of Ethiopia’s Household Asset Building Program, which is implemented in tandem with the Government's PSNP as part of the overall Food Security Program
- Beneficiaries with diversified and viable livelihoods with improved market and credit accesses
- Help 50,000 households graduate from the safety net program. Graduation from PSNP is defined as households being able to meet their year-round food needs while also being able to withstand droughts and other modest shocks
- Improve nutritional status, living conditions, and resilience to disasters