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Youth Led Data driven accountability to improve access to SRH services for adolescents and young people in Zimbabwe

Providing young people and adolescents with the tools to generate data on their own sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • Data

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

1 in 6 adolescent girls have given birth -corresponding directly with the unmet need for family planning. With recent advancements in laws supporting young people and adolescents’ access to SRH services, adolescents feel that a lack of truly youth friendly health services is their main barrier

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

1. What is the qualitative data on YPs and adolescents’ experiences in health care settings? 2. What specific types of stigma & discrimination do young people experience? 3. How can we get young people & service providers to work together to build a youth friendly health service? 4.What type of information are young people provided and how is it relayed? 5.What type of training are health care providers working in youth friendly services provided & how can we scale that at the national level

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

Direct Youth Beneficiaries: - The adolescents and young people, primarily aged 10-24, from selected hotspots districts who will benefit directly from program activities. "See also attached direct beneficiaries table" Direct Adult Beneficiaries: - The adults (teachers, youth workers, parents, etc.) who also in the hotspots districts will be trained (formally or informally) or receive some other direct benefit from the program. Indirect Beneficiaries: - The people (youths and adults) who will indirectly benefit from the program because of their contact with people who are directly involved in the program or because of their contact with materials developed by the program (curricula, films, etc.)

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

Our Data Reporters program focuses on the collection and analysis of SRHR data using validated Ministry of health Youth Friendly Service Provision tools. Reporters collect/monitor data on access to youth-friendly services and comprehensive sexuality education. The data is synthesized by an overseer at the national level and is used to develop innovative communication tools and evidence-based advocacy. Reporters are selected from adolescents/young people currently working at the grassroots level.

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

YPs and adolescents are experiencing an overwhelming unmet need for their SRH. Without thorough understanding of the barriers that YPs are experiencing, and ensuring that information is coming from them directly, Zimbabwe will not be able to overcome its unmet family planning needs. Our program equips YPs with the ability to have their voice heard on their own SRHR, while also giving them the skills to ensure that they are generating sound data/evidence that can be used to improve their health

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

It is youth-led, youth-centered/evidence seeking to address health challenges for adolescents and YPs. The interventions are informed by evidence provided by the YDRs. Unlike other programs that ignore the influence of social, cultural, and economic factors in the lives of adolescents and YPs, our project acknowledges their influence on YP’s access to SRH information and services.  Our project looks at YPs not solely as clients but active and engaged generators of their own health and wellbeing

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Customization: Tailoring to specific needs

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

Young people and adolescents in Zimbabwe will have access to youth friendly services Young people and adolescents will be key partners in the design, development and delivery of youth friendly services in Zimbabwe Young people and adolescents will have unfettered access to sexual and reproductive health services in Zimbabwe

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

We will utilize agreed indicators and metrics, which will be followed directly by a team member specifically tasked with M and E. Examples of our metrics include: Number of Youth Data Reporters trained and actively collecting data, Number of engagements between YDRs and members of the Ministry of Health, Number of engagements between Y DRs and healthcare providers in their communities Trends in YPs able to access SRH services, Trends in YPs reporting access to youth friendly health services

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

The YDRs are acquired from a pool of adolescents, YPs including young key affected populations currently working at the grassroots levels on HIV,SRH and sexuality education through Whatsup, facebook platfoms, open calls via email listservs and refferals from community health cadres and other CBOs.

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

Zimbabwe Youth Council Ministry of Health and Child Care Minstry of Youth Ministry of Social services Local councils National AIDS Council Community Based Organizations Youth led networks and focused organisations Parliamentarians Local Funding Urgencies Bilateral Organizations e.g UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNESCO Key Population Networks

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

Youth Engage

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

Youth Engage (YE) is a grassroots youth focused organization that advocates for the health, well-being and human rights of all young people including young key populations, We believe in Youth-led, data-driven accountability. Currently Youth Engage is operating in 20 districts; Youth Engage is also the ACT!2030 Convener in Zimbabwe, ACT!2030 is a youth-led social action initiative which engages young people including young key populations with advocacy and accountability skills around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other SRHR agreements/frameworks. Youth engage staff will devote time to make the project a reality, The organiatiin also has its vollunters who will be a major resource

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

The project will be implimented in 20 selected districts in Zimbabwe, Africa

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

Financial resources

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • National - expansive reach within one country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

Youth Engage is registered and based in Harare, Zimbabwe and is operating in 20 local districts

What is your organizational status?

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.


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Attachments (2)

UNFPA-Direct Beneficiary Description Table.docx

Youth Engage beneficiaries description table

Final User Map Experience.pdf

This is a generic user map which shows the general idea of how our idea works, it was submitted for a similar OpenIDEO challenge, The user map for this UNFPA challenge will be tailor made to the context but will look very similar to this one which we have submitted


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Photo of Eunice Kajala

Hi Charles, in your table, it is good to reflect the types or methods of contraceptives available and the preferences by the adolescents.

Photo of Charles

Dear Eunice

Thanks for your note, i have added some of the contraceptives available and have attached the updated table, unfortunately the system is now refusing to upload an image of the same, not sure why though but i jope the attachments will serve purpose



Photo of Eunice Kajala

Okay Charles, all the best.!!