Project profile — Improving adolescent reproductive health in Senegal

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Improving adolescent reproductive health in Senegal - Overview
IDRC - International Development Research Centre (CA-CRA_ACR-2107511586)
2020-03-30 - 2026-08-30
Country / region • Senegal (100.00%)
Sector • Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (100.00%)
Policy marker • Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
Description and results


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 2022: (1) 24 researchers benefited from methodological workshops, training sessions and panel discussions to reinforce their capacity to research the interaction between adolescent reproductive health and gender-based violence; (2) conducted mobilization efforts to engage with communities. These activities involved information sessions with administrative authorities, outreach, project launch workshops and discussions with adolescent leaders; (3) five youth organizations at the national level carried out capacity-building and networking sessions for adolescent girls. The objective is to equip them to exercise their reproductive health rights. Approximately 300 adolescent boys and girls participated in these capacity-building sessions through the youth projects. A series of trainings on gender-based violence and adolescent reproductive health helped build the capacity of participants. The training also addressed transformational leadership. Organized communication and advocacy activities on adolescent reproductive health, including broadcasts, talks, and reporting.



Original budget $800,000
Planned Disbursement $800,000
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