Since 1989, FXB International has completed almost 200 Community Development Programs, FXBVillages, across nine countries: Burundi, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Mongolia, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uganda. It has helped more than 84,000 people escape extreme poverty.
We know that we cannot improve what we cannot measure. Therefore, FXB has implemented a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system, which has been developed and refined by an experienced team of field staff, specialists, and experts from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.
Since the early 2000s, the FXBVillage Model has been widely evaluated, and has demonstrated a real impact on children’s social and health outcomes. Highlights of various external evaluations include:
• In 2015, using data from the FXBVillage’s evaluation methodology, researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Harvard used baseline and three-year follow up surveys to compare the status of beneficiary households before and after program completion and a sample of households surveyed as part of national Demographic Health Surveys. The study includes data from 20 FXBVillage programs that were running from 2009 and 2012 in Rwanda and Uganda, representing more than 1,500 households. The results of the evaluation concludes that the FXBVillage programs induced marked improvements across a broad range of indicators concerning economic security, health and nutritional status, safe water and sanitation, psychosocial well-being, and educational resources and participation. Download the full evaluation here: FXBVillage Programs Assessment – Rwanda and Uganda – 2015.
• In 2014, an external evaluation of the FXBVillage program in Uganda conducted by the Oxford Poverty & Human development Initiative has highlighted that former beneficiaries are multidimensionally less poor than their peers, even three years after they graduated from the program. The dimensions in which former FXB beneficiaries are better off are house and land ownership, savings, access to child immunization, to food diversity and to improved water sources as per the definition given by the Joint Monitoring Program of the WHO/UNICEF.
Download the full report here: FXBVillage Semuto – Uganda – OPHI 2014.
• From January 2012 to January 2014, three consecutive external evaluations led by an external evaluator took place in order to demonstrate the sustainability of the results from the FXBVillage Nyakabiga in Burundi, namely one year, two years and three years after program graduation. The results from those evaluations show that 98.2% of children still go regularly to school, 93.7% of households eat 2 or more times per day, 88.9% of children under 5 have normal mid-upper arm circumference measurement and families are able to save 207’000 Burundian francs per year (roughly 132 USD). Besides, access to healthcare services is secured as all child births were attended by medical staff. Download the full a summary of the evaluation here: Summary – FXBVillage Nyakabiga Evaluation
• In 2013, the Yi Culture Research Center of Central University of Nationalities (CUN) and China Social Welfare Foundation (CSWF) have awarded the FXBVillage Program in Bu Tuo with a Special Contribution Award for its involvement in the Yi Community development in China. This ethnic group is marginalized and has a scary rate of poverty and illiteracy, especially among women.
• A program similar to the FXBVillage was evaluated by UNICEF and the Beijing Institute for Information and Control. These mid-term evaluations conducted in early 2008 indicate significant increases in household income and assets, a 25% reduction in household debt, and significant improvements in children’s health, education levels, and emotional well-being. Among enrolled children who have lost both parents, emotional and psychosocial status has improved six- fold since enrolment in the program.
• In April 2008, the program was again recognized in UNICEF’s annual Children and AIDS stocktaking report as a strong example of a community-based program for vulnerable families.
• An external evaluation led by the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa) of the FXBVillage program has demonstrated remarkable results: children enroll, remain, and advance in school at higher rates than their peers, and 86% of the participating families live above the poverty line four years after the program’s end. Download the evaluation here: FXBVillage model evaluation – HSRC 2007
• UNAIDS cited the FXBVillage program as a case study in effectively meeting the needs of children affected by AIDS in its 2002 annual report on the epidemic.
Today, FXB operates in ten countries: Burundi, China, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. FXB continues to build partnerships to support us in strengthening our monitoring and evaluation system.
Through the FXB Field Education Internship Program, FXB is committed to strengthening FXB’s monitoring and evaluation system to build a stronger evidence base for the FXBVillage Model.