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Manuals | May 25, 2022

Child-Optimized Financial Education (COFE) manuals

CRS’ new curriculum, entitled Child-Optimized Financial Education (COFE): Moving Families from Vulnerability to Thriving, is unique among financial education curricula. It helps caregivers look holistically at the financial lives of their families, including the children in their care. It also integrates themes around HIV prevention, care and treatment, child protection and succession planning to support caregiver financial planning, decision-making and ultimately to increase investment in the children in their care.

COFE was designed to be used within orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) projects. COFE was designed to help caregivers make better financial decisions and increase investments in children in their care. With minor adjustments, COFE can be used in other projects that support parents and caregivers. For example, family strengthening and deinstitutionalization, education, health and food-security projects.

The COFE booklets are as follows:

Booklet 1: Introduction (36 pages)

Booklet 2: Financial Education Basics (104 pages)

Booklet 3: Savings (104 pages)

Booklet 4: Borrowing (104 pages)


For questions about the COFE booklets and training please write to [email protected].