Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Responses for Vulnerable Children and Families (STEER) is a five-year (2013-2018) USAID/PEPFAR-supported project, that seeks to improve the well-being of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in Northern Nigeria.
Save the Children International (SCI) and her partners – The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), American International Health Alliance (AIHA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Mercy Corps are driving the implementation process by creating greater country ownership and leadership through strengthened governments, civil society and families to mitigate HIV and AIDS’ impact on Nigerian children and families. The project’s strategy is working through a targeted capacity building approach that emphasizes sustainability of systems and structures designed to support Nigeria’s most vulnerable children. STEER has a management strategy that co-locates an Organizational Development specialist in the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and a sub granting innovation that allows CSOs to source technical assistance based on assessed needs.
STEER will reach a targeted 575,000 Vulnerable Children and 125,000 caregivers in 5 Northern Nigeria States: Kaduna, Sokoto, Kano, Bauchi and Plateau.
PROJECT GOAL: “All orphans and vulnerable children access and utilize comprehensive and coordinated services and are able to realize their full rights.”
Success measures for the goal are:
- Institutional and technical capacity of state/local governments and CSOs are strengthened.
- Capacity of households to meet their needs is increased and sustained.