Project profile — Improving adolescent reproductive health in Senegal


IDRC - International Development Research Centre (CA-CRA_ACR-2107511586)
2020-03-30 - 2026-08-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Senegal (100.00%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This project works to engage young Senegalese leaders and stakeholders in research and policy dialogue to help improve adolescent girls’ access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. The project aims to examine the link between gender-based violence (GBV) and reproductive health issues, and to use the evidence generated to address policy shortcomings related to adolescent girls’ health and rights by supporting powerful leadership responses from youth, policy makers and communities. Project activities include: (1) researching the links that exist between adolescent girls’ vulnerability to GBV and sexual and reproductive health; (2) translating findings into products and tools, and applying these findings to address negative gender norms and practices; (3) raising awareness and engagement of community organizations that work against the root causes of GBV; and (4) supporting the development of collaborative and transformative youth leadership skills for adolescent girls to overcome social barriers. The project expects to involve up to 400,000 adolescent girls and 100,000 adolescent boys between the ages of 10 and 16 in its research, dissemination of findings, and engagement activities. The project also works to provide training to over 100 young community leaders to mentor 2,000 adolescent girls to effectively exercise their reproductive health rights. The project aims to establish strategic partnerships with 40 local and 10 national policy-makers, in addition to at least 200 practitioners/service providers and 15 civil society organizations.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved access to evidence-based, integrated and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls; and (2) strengthened leadership of adolescent girls to effectively exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 37 young people, including 25 girls, received information on reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, sexually transmitted infections and gender-based violence, as part of the training sessions provided by the youth teams; (2) offered 30 opportunities to 15 researchers, including 10 women. These opportunities include grants awarded under the Héberger, Informer, Re-socialiser et Accueillir (HIRA) project with Université Gaston Berger; (3) 24 researchers benefited from capacity-building as part of research projects, including 12 senior researchers, four mid-career researchers and eight early-career researchers; (4) 1,183 young people reported having strengthened their skills through a series of training sessions on gender-based violence and adolescent reproductive health. These trainings also covered transformational leadership, communication and advocacy activities on adolescent reproductive health, including broadcasts, talks and reports; and (5) strengthened 825 young people on evidence-based decision-making to support the design and implementation of actions aimed at promoting adolescent reproductive health and addressing gender-based violence among adolescent girls in youth projects.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $850,000
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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