With funding from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) commissioned Panos, a leading institute concerned with global development issues, to assess the impact of the IPPF’s A+ programme in promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. Dr Vicky Johnson from the University of Brighton was chosen to lead the research.
Research involved working with young people in the field, producing case studies giving insight into cultural and political contexts in Benin, Kenya, Nepal and Nicaragua, and exploring ways to overcome deep-rooted attitudes and beliefs.
The participatory design of this wide-reaching assessment produced a rich analysis of what worked and what did not, along with innovative examples of youth-led and youth-centred initiatives around the world that can be shared with others. It also gave clear evidence of how putting young people firmly at the centre of youth programmes can improve communication, participation, empowerment, rights, health and education.