A360 MTR Spotlight 3: Meaningful Youth Engagement
Adolescents 360 (A360) is a four-year, $30 million initiative (2016 – 2020) to increase adolescent girls’ access to and demand for modern contraception in developing countries, beginning with Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The project is implemented by a Population Services International (PSI)-led consortium and co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Itad is working in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Avenir Health to independently evaluate and distil lessons from A360. This brief draws out lessons from the Mid-Term Review on the role of youth engagement in A360.
A core goal of A360 was to ‘meaningfully collaborate and forge partnerships with adolescents and young people… in order to bring their expertise into the design and implementation phases of the project.’[i] Young people were recruited as ‘young designers,’ supporting activities such as data collection, analysis, translation, prototyping, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). By November 2018, A360 indicated that they had worked with over 280 young people.[ii] Despite attempts to standardize youth engagement across A360 through strategies, in practice, it evolved in different ways in the three-country contexts.
Read more from the Mid-Term Review:
[i] A360 (2016) Youth Engagement Plan – PSI Ethiopia
[ii] A360 (2018). The Young Designers Driving Youth- Powered Healthcare Forward