Accelerating access to SRHR information and services for young people and girls through CSOs in Kenya.
The Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance through CSA are funded by Amplify Change to implement this project. The overall objective of the project is to improve the SRHR of young people and girls aged 10-24 by increasing their access to comprehensive SRHR information and services through collaborative efforts of civil society organizations under the SRHR Alliance.
The project aims to deliver in four main areas, namely: Capacity building, Evidence Gathering, Communications and Networking. CSA participates in the advocacy and research committees within the alliance and is involved in developing the alliance advocacy and communication strategy and organizing the operations research for the project. The project seeks to consolidate the gains made by two preceding projects namely; Unite for body rights and Access services and knowledge programs by helping coalition partners to document successful project intervention models and to use the information to inform advocacy initiatives around Comprehensive sexuality education, Youth friendly services and fight against harmful cultural practices like FGM. It will also help shape development practice by civil society organization locally, nationally and regionally.
Get Up Speak Out (GUSO)
The Get Up Speak Out(GUSO) program builds on the successes and experience from the UFBR and ASK programs. The added value is the ability to address the multitude of factors and actors inﬂuencing young people’s SRHR using a multi-component approach. GUSO works under 4 main core principles i.e. Meaningful youth participation, Positive rights based approach, Multi-component approach and Gender transformative approach. In order to realise the maximum results the program has structured itself into 5 outcome areas namely:Strengthened and sustainable Alliances comprehensively address the SRHR of young people, Empowered young people able to voice their rights,Increased utilization of comprehensive SRHR information and education by all young people, Increased utilization of quality and youth-friendly SRHR services that respond to the needs and rights of all young people, and Improved social-cultural, political and legal environment for gender-sensitive, youth-friendly SRHR.
The four core principles and the five outcomes will contribute to the program’s long term objective, which is that all young people, especially girls and women, are empowered to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in societies that are positive towards young people’s sexuality.
The Kenyan SRHR alliance (www.srhrallaince.or.ke) partners implementing the GUSO program are:CSA, FHOK, ADS, WOFAK, Nairobits, MAXFACTA, GLUK, NAYA, Africa Alive, and KMET. The partners bring different expertise and resourcefulness into the alliance including comprehensive sexuality education, SRHR service delivery, advocacy and research. The GUSO program is being implemented by the local partners in six counties- Nairobi, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kakamega and Bungoma. CSA will be implementing GUSO in Kisumu, Bungoma and Nairobi County. CSA will implement the ‘World Starts with Me’ and Youth for Youth through the Whole school approach. This means that the schools are the final implementers in the programme and as such the key players in the programme, linking with all stakeholders involved, such as teachers, students, parents, communities, YFS, and the MoE. The ownership of the WSWM program has to lie with the schools.
Yes I Do (YIDA)
The Yes I Do is an Alliance-implemented program in Kajiado West that aims to contribute to: ensuring that young people know more and are thus equipped to make healthier choices about their sexuality; and winning more respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of groups who are currently denied these rights. The alliance partners implementing this program include:Plan Kenya, AMREF Kenya, NAYA, CSA, and Ujamaa.
The programs Strategic Long term Goals are:
- Community members and gate-keepers have changed attitudes and take action to prevent CM, FGM/C and TP
- Adolescent girls and boys are meaningfully engaged to claim their SRH rights
- Adolescent girls and boys take informed action on their sexual health
Adolescent girls have alternatives beyond CM, FGM/C and TP through education and economic empowerment
- Policy makers and duty bearers develop and implement laws and policies in relation on CM and FGM/C
The core strategies that will contribute to all long-term goals are: Promote gender transformative thinking,Girls’ empowerment,men and boys’ engagement, and meaningful youth participation.
The partners will use the following interventions:
- Capacity building of actors to achieve individual and organisational improvement
- Research to collect evidence on effectiveness of the intervention strategies and adjust strategies
- Social Marketing to engage the business sector in solutions to development issues to promote healthy behaviours through products, services and information.
- Lobby and advocacy, not only to improve legislation and implementation but also to change social norms, health providers and private sector for economic opportunities for girls.
- CSA will implement the ‘World Starts with Me’ through the Whole school approach.