|Locations||Latin America: Bolivia|
West Africa: Togo
East Africa: Kenya
|Objective||Enable and empower young people through rights-based sexual and reproductive health service delivery and comprehensive sexuality education|
|Target group||Young people across Latin America and Africa|
|Length of programme||2019-2021|
|Association Togolaise pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ATBEF)|
Centro de Investigación, Educación y Servicios (CIES)
Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
The Centres of Excellence on Youth Centred Programming project works with a two-pronged approach. It focuses on the increased uptake of quality youth-centred SRH services, that take gender and human rights into account. At the same time it strengthens available support, knowledge and expertise in the regions to improve the lives of young people across Latin America, and East and West Africa.
Over 200,000 SRH services were provided to young people by the implementing organisations in the first year of this project. The aim is to steadily increase this while at the same time systematise knowledge and learning in order to share with key stakeholders in the region. For example, in Togo ATBEF has created a mobile app providing information and access to services to young people.
A wider impact
The implementing organisations are based in Bolivia, Togo and Kenya, but the project’s objectives reach beyond those countries. The Centres of Excellence offer a unique opportunity to pool technical expertise and to document and disseminate best practices on CSE and youth-friendly services. All activities are continuous learning experiences that will inform best practices in project implementation, advocacy and policy making in the respective regions.
In the process the Centres will consolidate their position as regional leaders in the field of CSE, youth-friendly service and community awareness, and help shape all IPPF’s Member Associations’ ways of working in the future. The project also enables IPPF member associations, CIES (Bolivia), ATBEF (Togo) and FHOK (Kenya), to further position themselves as regional Centres of Excellence facilitating and accelerating South – South technical co-operation, knowledge sharing and technical assistance, spreading their experience and the latest thinking in the SRHR field in Latin-America, East and West Africa.
In Latin America, CIES is leading the setting up of CEX, the regional Centre of Excellence, in partnership with five other IPPF member associations: Aprofa (Chile), Iniciativas Sanitarias (Uruguay), MEXFAM (Mexico), Plafam (Venezuela) and Profamilia (Colombia).
The programme is coordinated and managed by Rutgers, which builds on over 50 years of experience in the Netherlands, in close collaboration with IPPF Central and Regional Offices in Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
Rutgers as a Centre of Excellence on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
As an expert organisation in sexual and reproductive health and rights, Rutgers has been active in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of CSE programmes both in the Netherlands and internationally for decades. It is a leading voice for evidence-based practice CSE, and both a partner and a resource for others working in the field. However, important challenges and gaps remain, such as successful scaling of CSE and the lack of integration of CSE with other services.
The Rutgers Centre of Excellence on CSE aims to share expertise and knowledge with other organisations, institutions, peer educators, activists and government decision-makers to support them in delivering quality CSE and addressing the challenges of large-scale implementation. The Rutgers Centre of Excellence is a collaborative effort, working with others to collect, curate and share knowledge. This initiative is aligned with the Regional Centres of Excellence in Eastern and Western Africa and Latin America, and partially funded by Global Affairs Canada.
This programme is funded by Global Affais Canada