Transforming Lives (TLives) is a regional policy and advocacy Programme, generously supported by Sweden; that focuses on regional level influence of policy in 3 thematic SRHR spheres: Sexual gender-based violence (SGBV), Safe abortion and EUP; and Access to SRHR information and SRH services by adolescents and young people through social accountability monitoring (SAM). It contributes to achieving SDGs 3 and 5, and some targets in SDGs 10, 11 and 16; the SADC SRHR Strategy and Scorecard (2019-2030), SADC Strategy and Framework of Action for Addressing GBV (2018 – 2030), SADC Protocol on Health, SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030), AU Africa Agenda 2063; and related instruments advancing SRHR of adolescents and young people.

The Programme’s four intervention Pillars focus on (i) Policy Development: Sexual Violence Response Guidelines for Adolescents and Young People in SADC; (ii) Policy Advocacy: Ending unsafe abortion amongst AGYW thorugh the My Choice, Our Choice Campaign; and Prevention of Early and Unintended Pregnancies (EUP); (iii) Social Accountability Monitoring: Applying SAM4SRHR Model and MobiSAfAIDS App to enhance adolescent and young people’s agency and leadership to use SAM generated data in policy advocacy actions with service providers, community leaders, local government and MPs, to remove barriers to SRH service access; escalating national ‘asks; to regional advocacy spaces through the Regional SRHR Youth Advocacy & Accountability Alliance! (YAAA!); and (iv) Knowledge sharing of working models, innovations and learning on Prevention of SGBV, EUP and Unsafe Abortions among Adolescents and Young People, and SAM for SRHR, across the SADC region. The programme engages policy-makers from the Executive i.e., Government Ministries of Gender, Health, Education, Justice and Youth); and non-Executive policymakers Parliamentarians; and Traditional and Religious Leadership; Youth-focused CSOs; and Networks of AGYW and men and boys. TLives collaborates with Regional Economic Communities including SADC Secretariat, the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) and Regional CSOs, development partners and multilateral agencies, including UNFPA, UNESCO and WHO and the 2gether4SRHR Initiative. TLives regional policy advocacy actions cover the 16 SADC Member States; with specific implementation components in the DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe