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On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.

MIRA Channel, a mobile health initiative produced in India, "is an integrated mobile phone channel to provide health information to rural women and connect them with public health services using mobile phones in low-resource settings. The objective of MIRA is to enable women to improve health indicators by self-managing their health and reach...

This initiative, from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), aimed to amplify the voices of Mexican indigenous adolescents. It explores the relationship between adolescence, indigenous identity, and rights, as expressed in their experiences and perceptions....

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10 to 14 years

MIRA Channel, a mobile health initiative produced in India, "is an integrated mobile phone channel to provide health information to rural women and connect them with public health services using mobile phones in low-resource settings. The objective of MIRA is to enable women to improve health indicators by self-managing their health and reach...

This initiative, from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), aimed to amplify the voices of Mexican indigenous adolescents. It explores the relationship between adolescence, indigenous identity, and rights, as expressed in their experiences and perceptions....

The "Revela2 in Campoalto" project is part of the  entertainment-education (EE) strategy of "Revela2, from all positions," a multimedia communication platform that is being implemented in...

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in Southern Africa, threatening the region’s socio-economic development.

Although youth constitute the majority of the population in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), they still grapple with a vast array of challenges that end up...

“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is a moral injustice. I am calling on young people to lead the All In movement, alongside the United Nations, public and private partners, and countries themselves, to end the adolescent...

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, February 20 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has called on journalists and media practitioners in Southern Africa to interrogate the reasons why unsafe abortions are still taking place in our communities. Speaking in Lusaka [Zambia] today at a National Media Training for editors and senior reporters and...

"At the heart of every health system, the workforce is central to improving health. A wide range of professionals are involved in health care for adolescents at the primary and referral levels, and progress towards universal health coverage for adolescents will require renewed attention to their education."

From Girls Not Brides, a partnership of over 400 organisations from more than 60 countries around the world, this resource is designed to support the work of advocates who are in a position to "engage in a process that will likely drive international attention and development programming and funding for the next 15 years." The context: "Child,...

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

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15 to 19 years

On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.

MIRA Channel, a mobile health initiative produced in India, "is an integrated mobile phone channel to provide health information to rural women and connect them with public health services using mobile phones in low-resource settings. The objective of MIRA is to enable women to improve health indicators by self-managing their health and reach...

This initiative, from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), aimed to amplify the voices of Mexican indigenous adolescents. It explores the relationship between adolescence, indigenous identity, and rights, as expressed in their experiences and perceptions....

The "Revela2 in Campoalto" project is part of the  entertainment-education (EE) strategy of "Revela2, from all positions," a multimedia communication platform that is being implemented in...

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in Southern Africa, threatening the region’s socio-economic development.

Although youth constitute the majority of the population in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), they still grapple with a vast array of challenges that end up...

“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is a moral injustice. I am calling on young people to lead the All In movement, alongside the United Nations, public and private partners, and countries themselves, to end the adolescent...

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, February 20 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has called on journalists and media practitioners in Southern Africa to interrogate the reasons why unsafe abortions are still taking place in our communities. Speaking in Lusaka [Zambia] today at a National Media Training for editors and senior reporters and...

"At the heart of every health system, the workforce is central to improving health. A wide range of professionals are involved in health care for adolescents at the primary and referral levels, and progress towards universal health coverage for adolescents will require renewed attention to their education."

From Girls Not Brides, a partnership of over 400 organisations from more than 60 countries around the world, this resource is designed to support the work of advocates who are in a position to "engage in a process that will likely drive international attention and development programming and funding for the next 15 years." The context: "Child,...

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Adolescent Physical Health

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster Series

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) poster series

"At the heart of every health system, the workforce is central to improving health. A wide range of professionals are involved in health care for adolescents at the primary and referral levels, and progress towards universal health coverage for adolescents will require renewed attention to their education."

This 4-page case study discusses the findings of a process evaluation of a community-based monitoring (CBM) of health services project conducted in twelve South African communities to assess and support quality health care and increase access to and participation in health care by adolescents. "CBM is a form of public oversight that uses local...

In August 2014, a group of youth aged 16 to 21 participated in a comic drawing workshop in the Northern Region of Ghana. During the workshop, Ebola emerged as a priority issue, and the young people, guided by facilitators, created comic strip stories around various aspects of the disease. The resulting booklet is being distributed to help raise...

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children....The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at...

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 26 2014 - Watta Satta is a traditional type of marriage that is a part of our culture in Pakistan from centuries of history. Watta Satta is a simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair from one family to a sister-brother pair in another family. The tradition literally means ‘give and take' or 'throwing a...

"These case studies illustrate how UNICEF support is helping countries to strengthen child protection system and promote social change to align social norms and practices with child protection.”

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided nine case studies as evidence of results from diverse child protection initiatives,...

Edutainment +Mobilization = Social Change is a communication and mobilisation process, based in Colombia and on a multimedia edutainment platform, aimed at facilitating dialogue and behaviour change about sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) amongst adolescents and youth 12-19  years of age, with emphasis on the 15-19 age group.

Author: Sunit Bagree, Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, September 3 2014 - An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children’s education at the same time.

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

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Adolescent Mental Health and Well Being

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster Series

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) poster series

Mamoletsane Khati

Author: Mamoletsane Khati, February 18 2015 - In a region where child marriage reigns supreme and is silently accepted by many as a "normal" practice, the media needs to take charge and correct misconceptions.

And that is exactly what journalists from four Southern Africa countries are doing after receiving support from regional...

Author: Hoda Hersi, January 28 2015 - We are making a fun but educational drama in our Somalia office, with drama very much being the imperative word. When characters from different backgrounds come together in storylines, from Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet and Othello to modern day TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Days of Our Lives,...

"At the heart of every health system, the workforce is central to improving health. A wide range of professionals are involved in health care for adolescents at the primary and referral levels, and progress towards universal health coverage for adolescents will require renewed attention to their education."

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 26 2014 - Watta Satta is a traditional type of marriage that is a part of our culture in Pakistan from centuries of history. Watta Satta is a simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair from one family to a sister-brother pair in another family. The tradition literally means ‘give and take' or 'throwing a...

Author Rana Tasswar Ali, September 29 2014 - In my previous blog "Life skills for children and young people", I have discussed life skills, which are empowering skills and enable people to cope with life in normal and in difficult...

Edutainment +Mobilization = Social Change is a communication and mobilisation process, based in Colombia and on a multimedia edutainment platform, aimed at facilitating dialogue and behaviour change about sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) amongst adolescents and youth 12-19  years of age, with emphasis on the 15-19 age group.

"PD values the gifts and capacities of ordinary people and institutions and in doing so it relocates where expertise lies in a community..."

This 44-page report shares findings of Plan International's research to investigate why girls and boys with disabilities in West Africa are so often denied the right to education and protection. It explores different approaches that have been used to ensure these rights. The research was conducted to help Plan International raise awareness of...

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Adolescent Sexual Health

The "Revela2 in Campoalto" project is part of the  entertainment-education (EE) strategy of "Revela2, from all positions," a multimedia communication platform that is being implemented in...

“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is a moral injustice. I am calling on young people to lead the All In movement, alongside the United Nations, public and private partners, and countries themselves, to end the adolescent...

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster Series

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) poster series

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, February 20 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has called on journalists and media practitioners in Southern Africa to interrogate the reasons why unsafe abortions are still taking place in our communities. Speaking in Lusaka [Zambia] today at a National Media Training for editors and senior reporters and...

Mamoletsane Khati

Author: Mamoletsane Khati, February 18 2015 - In a region where child marriage reigns supreme and is silently accepted by many as a "normal" practice, the media needs to take charge and correct misconceptions.

And that is exactly what journalists from four Southern Africa countries are doing after receiving support from regional...

"At the heart of every health system, the workforce is central to improving health. A wide range of professionals are involved in health care for adolescents at the primary and referral levels, and progress towards universal health coverage for adolescents will require renewed attention to their education."

This 4-page case study discusses the findings of a process evaluation of a community-based monitoring (CBM) of health services project conducted in twelve South African communities to assess and support quality health care and increase access to and participation in health care by adolescents. "CBM is a form of public oversight that uses local...

Author: Neil Orr & David Patient, January 16 2015 - It’s time to think about how we think. That’s what Critical Thinking is about. Somewhere in the back of our heads, we know that this important. Almost every SETA Unit Standard [standards for desired education and training outcomes in South Africa] - whatever the subject - refers to...

This booklet was produced as part of the Wize up, Your Decision Your Life campaign in Swaziland, which challenges young people to take control of their health and start thinking and talking about their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) (see Related Summaries below for more information on the campaign).

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Adolescent Civic Engagement

This network was created with the aim of giving voice to Honduran children and adolescents. It seeks to promote their role and participation through organising, leadership, and social mobilisation.

Using written media, radio and television, and popular theatre, children and youth report on issues that affect them and promote their...

On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in Southern Africa, threatening the region’s socio-economic development.

Although youth constitute the majority of the population in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), they still grapple with a vast array of challenges that end up...

Author: Tom Baker, February 18 2015, originally posted on World Radio Day, themed "Youth" (February 13 2015) - In this interview, Tom Baker explains how BBC Media Action is using the unique power of radio to inform, connect and empower young people around the world.

There are so many development days in the calendar, why does World...

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

Author: Kwizera Charugamba, January 13 2015 - Last summer, as we started the mammoth task of building a national youth radio show in Tanzania from scratch, a few of us (myself included) set off on a fact-finding mission to BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s London [United Kingdom] studios.

We wanted to find out "what works" at one...

"The eighth report in Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, Pathways to Power: Creating Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls, asks what will shift the unequal power relations that bolster gender discrimination, injustice and inequality for girls and women in some form in every country in the world?"

"These case studies illustrate how UNICEF support is helping countries to strengthen child protection system and promote social change to align social norms and practices with child protection.”

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided nine case studies as evidence of results from diverse child protection initiatives,...

"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic participation as well as their attitudes."

Author: Allison Tunnoch, August 19 2014, crossposted from The WVoice, a publication of Women's Voices Now - "Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male...

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Adolescents and Violence

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children....The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at...

"Advocacy campaigns around the world have heightened awareness and galvanized actions to stop violence. These involve committed women and girls, men and boys. Yet gaps in laws, implementation of legal protection and essential services remain. Women are still reluctant to report violence. Attitudes in some places tolerate, if not encourage,...

Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, November 21 2014 - The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted twenty five years - a quarter of a century ago tomorrow (November 20th). This document contains a number of vital aspirations for humanity, some of which have been achieved, and many others which remain on the list of debts we still owe...

"These case studies illustrate how UNICEF support is helping countries to strengthen child protection system and promote social change to align social norms and practices with child protection.”

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided nine case studies as evidence of results from diverse child protection initiatives,...

"Thousands of girls claim they are embarrassed and ashamed to express the everyday injustices and threats of sexual violence they face, in 'Hear Our Voices' - one of the largest studies of adolescent girls’ rights of its kind."

 

Part of the "Because I am a Girl" project, "Hear our Voices" from Plan International comprises study results presented as a video, a technical report, a summary report, and this toolkit intended to provide a means for collecting "consistent, disturbing illustrations of the most pressing concerns for adolescent girls, giving powerful insights...

This 84-page report discusses the experience and impact of the 5-year Stop Violence Against Girls in School project, which was led by ActionAid in Ghana, Kenya, and Mozambique to empower girls and enable them to enjoy their rights to education and participation in a violence-free environment. The report presents a review of findings from...

Author: Allison Tunnoch, August 19 2014, crossposted from The WVoice, a publication of Women's Voices Now - "Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male...

"We wanted to create a place where kids could learn about sex ed and the countless other issues teens face these days," said the online series' executive producer Katie Elmore Mota. "But you can't talk down to them and you can't make them fall asleep." - courtesy of the LA Times

This review was initiated to identify interventions on HIV prevention in the Asia Pacific region with demonstrated or potential impact for adolescent and young key populations (YKP), "looking at the role of individual and structural factors in accessibility and delivery." From the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) East Asia and Pacific...

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Gender and Adolescence

“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is a moral injustice. I am calling on young people to lead the All In movement, alongside the United Nations, public and private partners, and countries themselves, to end the adolescent...

From Girls Not Brides, a partnership of over 400 organisations from more than 60 countries around the world, this resource is designed to support the work of advocates who are in a position to "engage in a process that will likely drive international attention and development programming and funding for the next 15 years." The context: "Child,...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, December 8 2014

Background

The Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Social Development Goals [SDGs] proposed 17 Goals in 2014, of which the fifth one is on "Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls" (UN Working Group of the General...

"The eighth report in Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, Pathways to Power: Creating Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls, asks what will shift the unequal power relations that bolster gender discrimination, injustice and inequality for girls and women in some form in every country in the world?"

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 26 2014 - Watta Satta is a traditional type of marriage that is a part of our culture in Pakistan from centuries of history. Watta Satta is a simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair from one family to a sister-brother pair in another family. The tradition literally means ‘give and take' or 'throwing a...

"The interplay between media and gender norms has long been recognised and a substantial literature explores how media affects girls in the Global North. But against a backdrop of rapidly changing media landscapes - characterised by increasing competition form audiences, sensationalism and expanding access to new technologies - the role that...

"These case studies illustrate how UNICEF support is helping countries to strengthen child protection system and promote social change to align social norms and practices with child protection.”

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided nine case studies as evidence of results from diverse child protection initiatives,...

"Thousands of girls claim they are embarrassed and ashamed to express the everyday injustices and threats of sexual violence they face, in 'Hear Our Voices' - one of the largest studies of adolescent girls’ rights of its kind."

 

Part of the "Because I am a Girl" project, "Hear our Voices" from Plan International comprises study results presented as a video, a technical report, a summary report, and this toolkit intended to provide a means for collecting "consistent, disturbing illustrations of the most pressing concerns for adolescent girls, giving powerful insights...

This 84-page report discusses the experience and impact of the 5-year Stop Violence Against Girls in School project, which was led by ActionAid in Ghana, Kenya, and Mozambique to empower girls and enable them to enjoy their rights to education and participation in a violence-free environment. The report presents a review of findings from...

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Adolescents and Education

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster Series

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) poster series

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

This toolkit is intended to serve as an educational tool, providing information and resources for the design and implementation of activities to promote transparency in education. Created for individuals and institutions, particularly youth-led and youth-oriented non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it was developed by the International...

This 19-page peer reviewed case study, which appeared in the Cases in Public Health Communication and Marketing Journal, discusses the impact of the Tisankhenji radio programme, which was designed to prevent HIV among young people in Malawi, especially girls age 10 to 14, by increasing self-efficacy, encouraging open discussion, promoting...

"Thousands of girls claim they are embarrassed and ashamed to express the everyday injustices and threats of sexual violence they face, in 'Hear Our Voices' - one of the largest studies of adolescent girls’ rights of its kind."

 

"[Girls do not continue school after childbearing because they are] doing household chores, looking after husbands and grandparents, and nourishing children. If they go to school after marriage, men in the community scold them." Girl, PU Barguna School, Bangladesh

Part of the "Because I am a Girl" project, "Hear our Voices" from Plan International comprises study results presented as a video, a technical report, a summary report, and this toolkit intended to provide a means for collecting "consistent, disturbing illustrations of the most pressing concerns for adolescent girls, giving powerful insights...

This 84-page report discusses the experience and impact of the 5-year Stop Violence Against Girls in School project, which was led by ActionAid in Ghana, Kenya, and Mozambique to empower girls and enable them to enjoy their rights to education and participation in a violence-free environment. The report presents a review of findings from...

From the global human rights organisation Breakthrough, this information and communication technology (ICT) campaign asks people around the world to share their selfie (a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone often shared on social networking services) as part of this effort to bring home to...

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Adolescents and Livelihoods

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in Southern Africa, threatening the region’s socio-economic development.

Although youth constitute the majority of the population in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), they still grapple with a vast array of challenges that end up...

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster Series

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) poster series

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

"From a governance and policy angle, youth is certainly a most crucial and critical phase of life. It implies a new social generation which needs to be integrated into society as citizens, knowing about their rights and duties."

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 17 2014 - It is three years since the ILO [International Labour Organization] Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) was adopted on June 16, 2011 (ILO, n.da). The Convention emphasises State responsibility in elimination of child domestic worker, discrimination in employment and forced domestic work. It also...

"This paper is intended as a starting point for discussion and advocacy around measuring the impacts of economic strengthening on children, in order to ensure their wellbeing and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty."

CREDITS: MKULIMA YOUNG

Author Sandra Margaret Chao, December 12 2013:       "Hi farmers, anyone with ideas on how to improve clay soil for farming?"

It is a post that has attracted about eight comments in the last ten hours since it was posted on the Facebook page Mkulima Young, where the advice ranges from soil techniques to better...

BRAC

In this video, Farzana Kashf describes BRAC’s Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents (SoFEA) programme that offers a holistic approach to financial services, supplementing savings and credit products with a "club," where adolescent female clients have a safe place to meet and access books, games, life skills courses, and livelihood...

BRAC

Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents (SoFEA) is an initiative by BRAC focusing on adolescent girls in rural Bangladesh. The goal is to empower adolescent girls, aged 11-21, both socially and financially in order to make them more confident and independent so that they can lead dignified lives.

The SoFEA programme comprises the...

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Adolescents and Migration

This 46-page report discusses how children and young people are using information and communication technologies (ICT) before and during migration, as well as how organisations supporting children and youth are using ICT in their work. According to the report, "children and young people are using ICTs to prepare for migration; to guide and...

the role of ICTs in child and youth migration

Author: Linda Raftree, December 5 2013       Migration has been a part of the human experience since the dawn of time, and populations have always moved in search of resources and better conditions. Today, unaccompanied children and youth are an integral part of national and global migration patterns, often leaving...

Because I Am a Girl

"For too long, girls have been ignored; their views unheard, their needs unmet. But research over the past two decades has shown that girls hold the key to solving some of the most intractable and complex problems faced by developing societies, particularly in countries in the midst of a prolonged humanitarian crisis." Valerie Amos - Under-...

Young and Restless

"Refugee youth report that education and training, as well as personal security, are their highest priorities."

Harnessing Youth Potential in Uganda

"Uganda has the world’s youngest population and the highest prevalence of poverty among its
youth. Of its population of 30.7 million, 57 percent are below the age of 18... Uganda’s youth hold the key to their country’s social and economic development. Their energy, vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit - not to mention their commitment to...

© UNICEF/JORDAN2013/Kalpesh Lathigra

"As of 4 June 2013, there are 470,573 Syrian refugees in Jordan. 53% are children under 18 years of age. The majority of Syrian refugees live in host communities in Jordan, mainly in the northern and central governorates. Approximately 120,000 Syrians live in Za’atari camp, Jordan’s largest refugee camp."

Girls on the Move

Girls on the Move reports on: the social and economic drivers of internal migration for adolescent girls in developing countries and the links between migration, risk, and opportunity. The report finds that, contrary to conventional wisdom, rural-to-urban migration can - provided necessary safety nets and resources are in place - be largely a...

"UN-Habitat, Plan International, Women in Cities International and other partners such as the Huairou Commission are increasingly integrating C4D in participatory planning processes involving local communities and local government bodies. The results include greater local ownership, broader multi-stakeholder dialogues, and the encouragement...

© UNICEF/JORDAN2013/Sina Ata

From the Executive Summary of this United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jordan report on Syrian refugees, many now living in Za’atari refugee camp: "This report combines the conclusions of a wide range of detailed assessments with insights from Syrian refugee children and women, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs),  and...

"It's because we feel comfortable with our mentor that we come and tell her what we think. With her, there's more security in communicating - you consider her like a friend." - 15-year-old participant

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Enabling and Inclusive Environments for Adolescents

This network was created with the aim of giving voice to Honduran children and adolescents. It seeks to promote their role and participation through organising, leadership, and social mobilisation.

Using written media, radio and television, and popular theatre, children and youth report on issues that affect them and promote their...

Mamoletsane Khati

Author: Mamoletsane Khati, February 18 2015 - In a region where child marriage reigns supreme and is silently accepted by many as a "normal" practice, the media needs to take charge and correct misconceptions.

And that is exactly what journalists from four Southern Africa countries are doing after receiving support from regional...

Author: Hoda Hersi, January 28 2015 - We are making a fun but educational drama in our Somalia office, with drama very much being the imperative word. When characters from different backgrounds come together in storylines, from Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet and Othello to modern day TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Days of Our Lives,...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, December 8 2014

Background

The Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Social Development Goals [SDGs] proposed 17 Goals in 2014, of which the fifth one is on "Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls" (UN Working Group of the General...

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children....The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at...

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 26 2014 - Watta Satta is a traditional type of marriage that is a part of our culture in Pakistan from centuries of history. Watta Satta is a simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair from one family to a sister-brother pair in another family. The tradition literally means ‘give and take' or 'throwing a...

Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, November 21 2014 - The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted twenty five years - a quarter of a century ago tomorrow (November 20th). This document contains a number of vital aspirations for humanity, some of which have been achieved, and many others which remain on the list of debts we still owe...

"As the world marks 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The State of the World's Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the most disadvantaged children. In particular, the report calls for innovation - and for the best and brightest solutions coming from communities to be...

"The interplay between media and gender norms has long been recognised and a substantial literature explores how media affects girls in the Global North. But against a backdrop of rapidly changing media landscapes - characterised by increasing competition form audiences, sensationalism and expanding access to new technologies - the role that...

"Thousands of girls claim they are embarrassed and ashamed to express the everyday injustices and threats of sexual violence they face, in 'Hear Our Voices' - one of the largest studies of adolescent girls’ rights of its kind."

 

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Adolescents and Livelihoods

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in Southern Africa, threatening the region’s socio-economic development.

Although youth constitute the majority of the population in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), they still grapple with a vast array of challenges that end up...

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster Series

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) poster series

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

"From a governance and policy angle, youth is certainly a most crucial and critical phase of life. It implies a new social generation which needs to be integrated into society as citizens, knowing about their rights and duties."

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 17 2014 - It is three years since the ILO [International Labour Organization] Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) was adopted on June 16, 2011 (ILO, n.da). The Convention emphasises State responsibility in elimination of child domestic worker, discrimination in employment and forced domestic work. It also...

"This paper is intended as a starting point for discussion and advocacy around measuring the impacts of economic strengthening on children, in order to ensure their wellbeing and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty."

CREDITS: MKULIMA YOUNG

Author Sandra Margaret Chao, December 12 2013:       "Hi farmers, anyone with ideas on how to improve clay soil for farming?"

It is a post that has attracted about eight comments in the last ten hours since it was posted on the Facebook page Mkulima Young, where the advice ranges from soil techniques to better...

BRAC

In this video, Farzana Kashf describes BRAC’s Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents (SoFEA) programme that offers a holistic approach to financial services, supplementing savings and credit products with a "club," where adolescent female clients have a safe place to meet and access books, games, life skills courses, and livelihood...

BRAC

Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents (SoFEA) is an initiative by BRAC focusing on adolescent girls in rural Bangladesh. The goal is to empower adolescent girls, aged 11-21, both socially and financially in order to make them more confident and independent so that they can lead dignified lives.

The SoFEA programme comprises the...

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UNICEF

This network was created with the aim of giving voice to Honduran children and adolescents. It seeks to promote their role and participation through organising, leadership, and social mobilisation.

Using written media, radio and television, and popular theatre, children and youth report on issues that affect them and promote their...

This initiative, from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), aimed to amplify the voices of Mexican indigenous adolescents. It explores the relationship between adolescence, indigenous identity, and rights, as expressed in their experiences and perceptions....

“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is a moral injustice. I am calling on young people to lead the All In movement, alongside the United Nations, public and private partners, and countries themselves, to end the adolescent...

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children....The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at...

"As the world marks 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The State of the World's Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the most disadvantaged children. In particular, the report calls for innovation - and for the best and brightest solutions coming from communities to be...

"The interplay between media and gender norms has long been recognised and a substantial literature explores how media affects girls in the Global North. But against a backdrop of rapidly changing media landscapes - characterised by increasing competition form audiences, sensationalism and expanding access to new technologies - the role that...

"These case studies illustrate how UNICEF support is helping countries to strengthen child protection system and promote social change to align social norms and practices with child protection.”

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided nine case studies as evidence of results from diverse child protection initiatives,...

"Thousands of girls claim they are embarrassed and ashamed to express the everyday injustices and threats of sexual violence they face, in 'Hear Our Voices' - one of the largest studies of adolescent girls’ rights of its kind."

 

Launched in 2011, the Mtandao wa Wanahabari Watoto Tanzania (Young Reporters' Network Tanzania) recruits and trains children in Tanzania to produce radio programmes exploring issues that are important to them and their peers, while also sharing their perspectives, hopes, and aspirations for the future. The project is designed to increase...

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