Project profile — Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy: Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescent Development


UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund (41119)
2020-03-20 - 2024-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Nicaragua (100.00%)


• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (25.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (25.00%)
Family planning (13030) (25.00%)
STD control including HIV/AIDS (13040) (5.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant 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 (not targeted)


The project aims to reduce the incidence of early pregnancy in Nicaragua, by promoting and strengthening an integrated approach to adolescent development, respecting adolescents’ decisions and freedoms, expanding their capacities and opportunities, and improving their access to sexual and reproductive health. Nicaragua has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in Latin America, with approximately 24% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 having been pregnant at least once. Gender-based violence, deeply rooted traditional practices, the lack of comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health, adolescent-friendly health services, and economic opportunities, all contribute to high early pregnancy rates. Project activities include: (1) facilitating access to comprehensive sexuality education, and quality sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents; (2) implementing a communication for development strategy on the promotion of values and prevention of gender-based violence; (3) promoting curricular adjustments that allow pregnant adolescents and adolescent mothers to continue their studies in an inclusive and respectful environment; (4) strengthening care and protection services to adolescent girl survivors of gender-based violence, including sexual violence, with a rights approach; (5) designing a strategy of empowerment and life skills for vulnerable adolescents, including the entrepreneurial capacities of adolescent girl survivors of sexual violence; and (6) strengthening inter-agency coordination for comprehensive attention to adolescent girls and boys. The project is implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nicaragua, in collaboration with local stakeholders public and private, including state institutions, community leaders, school-parents associations, civil society organizations, etc.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved decision-making of adolescents on their sexual and reproductive health and comprehensive development, using a gender equality approach, with an emphasis on adolescent girls; (2) strengthened participation of adolescents in social and economic opportunities, with a focus on vulnerable adolescent girls; and (3) improved effectiveness of the comprehensive approach, and sexual and reproductive health services to adolescent boys and girls.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2022 include: (1) Health units in 20 municipalities in the Northern-Central region and the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua adopted quality standards to ensure that sexual and reproductive health services respond to the needs of adolescents; (2) ensured access to 235,816 adolescents in 20 municipalities to sexual and reproductive health services, including access to modern contraceptive methods for over 56,300 adolescents; (3) Over 44,000 adolescents (aged 10 to 19 years) received comprehensive sexuality education through strategies designed to work with adolescents in and out of the school system; and (4) helped provide sexual and reproductive health kits, including sanitary napkins, underwear, lamps, whistles, and informative materials on sexual and gender-based violence, for adult and adolescent women displaced due to hurricanes and tropical storms in the Northern Caribbean Region of Nicaragua.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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