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Assets and educational outcomes: Child Development Accounts (CDAs) for orphaned children in Uganda

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  • Curley, Jami
  • Ssewamala, Fred
  • Han, Chang-Keun
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    Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 24 of the 25 countries with the world's highest levels of HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world. The consequences of this pandemic have resulted in thousands of children being orphaned throughout the continent. With extended families being overwhelmed by the care of these children, many are left with very few opportunities to provide a future for themselves. Education is an orphan's best hope to rise above these circumstances. In Uganda, Africa, a region hard hit by HIV/AIDS, primary school is free, but children attending secondary school are charged tuition, which severely limits orphans' opportunities to attend. This paper describes a family asset-based intervention research project in Uganda that provides orphans with matched savings accounts known as Child Development Accounts (CDAs) to help them save money to pay for secondary school. Results showed that the children with CDAs not only saved, but were also found to have more positive changes in their future educational plans and a higher level of confidence in their plans than their counterparts in the comparison group who did not have CDAs. These results could have a major impact on future policy and program initiatives for children in Uganda and other developing nations.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 11 (November)
    Pages: 1585-1590

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:32:y:2010:i:11:p:1585-1590

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    Keywords: Orphans Education HIV/AIDs Africa Uganda Child development accounts CDAs Matched savings accounts Assets;

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    3. Amanda Moore & Sondra Beverly & Mark Schreiner & Michael Sherraden & Margaret Lombe & Esther Y. N. Cho & Lissa Johnson & Rebecca Vonderlack, 2001. "Saving, IDA Programs, and Effects of IDAs: A Survey of Participants," Microeconomics 0108002, EconWPA, revised 27 Dec 2001.
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    1. Ismayilova, Leyla & Ssewamala, Fred & Mooers, Elizabeth & Nabunya, Proscovia & Sheshadri, Srividya, 2012. "Imagining the future: Community perceptions of a family-based economic empowerment intervention for AIDS-orphaned adolescents in Uganda," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(10), pages 2042-2051.
    2. Chowa, Gina A.N. & Masa, Rainier D. & Wretman, Christopher J. & Ansong, David, 2013. "The impact of household possessions on youth's academic achievement in the Ghana Youthsave experiment: A propensity score analysis," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 69-81.
    3. Chowa, Gina A.N. & Masa, Rainier D. & Tucker, Jenna, 2013. "The effects of parental involvement on academic performance of Ghanaian youth: Testing measurement and relationships using structural equation modeling," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(12), pages 2020-2030.
    4. Karimli, Leyla & Ssewamala, Fred M. & Ismayilova, Leyla, 2012. "Extended families and perceived caregiver support to AIDS orphans in Rakai district of Uganda," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1351-1358.

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