This term generally refers to groups of children whose circumstances expose them to high levels of risk, such as orphans, AIDS-affected children, street children, or children directly affected by armed conflict.
To provide effective programming for children and youth in difficult circumstances, we first need to know what works and why.
What Is Our Approach?
HVC Research Center
With generous support from USAID Southern Africa, the Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center was created by Dr Tonya Renee Thurman with the central goal of compiling a rigorous evidence base for HVC program and policy decision making. Monitoring and evaluation support, technical assistance and capacity building are central to our work, as we seek to support the abilities of governments, communities and families to provide evidence-informed, quality care for HVC.
The Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and implemented by Tulane University. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government. The contents are the responsibility of Tulane University and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.