The project addresses:
- Sexual gender-based violence, contributing to SGD target indicators 4.7.1, 5.2.1 & 5.2.2;
- Adolescent pregnancy and unsafe abortion with links to maternal mortality, contributing to SDG Indicators 3.7.2 and 5.3.1; and
- Access to youth friendly SRH information and services, contributing to SDG indicators 5.6.2 and 10.2.1.
Transforming Lives – The Change We Want To See A more conducive policy environment that enables positive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes and realisation of SRH and rights (SRHR) among adolescents and young women in the SADC region.
We believe that policy change will improve the SRH outcomes of adolescents and young people in line with the SDGs (goals 3 and 5), the Maputo Plan of Action (MPoA, 2016–2020), the 90–90–90 agenda and the East & Southern Africa (ESA) Ministerial Commitment on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and SRH for young people.
A Three-Pronged Approach
Our Programme Strategies
Engaging in policy development; policy advocacy and regional movement building; capacity strengthening in social accountability monitoring of SRHR and knowledge exchange and learning in three thematic areas:
- Sexual gender-based violence;
- Adolescent pregnancy and unsafe abortion; and
- Social accountability monitoring of SRHR for young people.
- Good health and well-being
- Gender equality
- Quality education
- Reduced inequalities
- No poverty
Advocacy and Regional Movement Building
Launch and lead a Regional Campaign towards reducing sexual gender-based violence, adolescent pregnancy and unsafe abortions among sexually active adolescents across the region.
Capacity Strengthening in Social Accountability Monitoring of SRH for Young People
Support social accountability monitoring of SRH for young people through capacity strengthening and the development of SAM tools to gather data for use in advocacy.
Ensure operationalisation of standard operating procedures at service delivery level through monitored citizen-led actions that advocate, lobby with and influence governments and Regional Economic Councils, while monitoring performance and resource management for flexible and effective advocacy pathways.
Knowledge Exchange and Learning for Development
Collectively build and strategically share a regional body of evidence on what works (and what does not) in SAM of youth SRH, documenting best practices and case studies.
Utilise platforms such as ICASA, IAC, WHO the World Health Assembly and AU regional meetings to disseminate evidence-based knowledge: models, case studies and videos to civil society organisations, ministries, policy makers, donors and regional youth networks towards developing regional policy advocacy debate and networking.