What we do?
Our strategic plan (2019-2023) is geared towards addressing the sexual reproductive health and rights challenges that hinder adolescents and young people from achieving their life potentials by empowering them to make healthy and informed choices. Our interventions focus towards.
- Capacity Development for CSO, practitioners, champions, and advocates on key aspects of SRHR programming.
- Creating space for harnessing collective voices of young people, advocates and other SRHR sectors around emerging advocacy issues including implementation of national and international commitments.
- Providing technical support to the SRHR policy processes at National and sub-national levels.
- Building movement and network of young people, civil society, SRHR champions and advocates towards creating positive social and policy environment for Youth SRHR in Uganda and at international spaces .
- Guiding design and implementation of right-based, age appropriate, holistic and youth friendly package of SRHR information and services for adolescents and young people in and out schools.
- Creating learning platforms for SRHR sector actors on innovations, lessons learnt and best practices in the implementation of SRHR interventions.
- Providing platform for harmonization of SRHR interventions and priorities among partners to reduce duplication and strengthen collaborations at planning and implementation levels.
- Gathering and collating evidence for strategic communication, agenda setting and advocacy on SRHR in the Country through research and documentation.
- Providing appropriate information on key aspects of SRHR that are facing growing myths and misconceptions among policy makers and at community level.
- Coordinating planning and implementation of SRHR programs to ensure harmonization and collaborations among implementing partners.
- Monitoring and documenting trends, landscapes and emerging issues in the SRHR space in the country and globally
- Spearheading the rollout of national and global innovative strategies and approaches.
- Integrating economic empowerment into SRHR programming for adolescents and young people.
- Strengthening and mainstreaming SRHR-HIV integration.
How we do it?
We do our work using the following approaches:
Multi-component and Multi-sectoral approach
Our programing is multi-faceted, synergizing from the niches of member organizations and partners. Learning from experience, each actor comes with what they do best, to have the best planning and implementation of programmes and activities. Such enables tested programing, which eliminating trial but contextualization of programing to the new environment.
Meaningful youth participation (MYP)
To ensure an equilibrium of power, knowledge, and perspective, between the youth and adult, we involve the youth in all their diversity, in co-designing, planning, implementation and monitoring, to SRHR programmes and activities. SRHR has created a full structure for young people called Youth Advisory Committee that ensures mobilizes and ensures participation of young people at all levels of programming right from planning to oversight at board level. This youth structure also helps to mobilize young people for joint advocacy on key SRHR issues that concerns them at National and sub-national level. The approach has enabled the design of responsive and grounded programmes, which are able to address the unique needs of your people, at individual and community levels. We use different lenses, such as gender, inter-generational, intersectionality, in the programming, to ensure holistic transformation of young people’s perspectives, beyond SRHR. This gradually translates to understanding themselves, and others, for better decision making, especially on issues that affect them. Watch and find more information through the links here below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSvK0xHoN78
We organize youths to attempt to change policy, social norms, practices, and attitudes, that influence negative, gender biased SRHR for adolescent and young people, by presenting evidence and arguments for how and why change should happen. It is a set of targeted actions directed at decision-makers in support of a specific policy issue. Mentorship of youths to take up leadership position, to be able to voice their concerns, including demanding for their rights to sexual and reproductive health.
We build capacity of young people to understand and voice out their rights and demand for SRHR services and other skills, and to further cascade them to their peers. Equally, we build capacity of organizations/institutions to incorporate SRHR programing in their operations, to promote and protect young people’s SRHR, champion and cascade SRHR and related programing to other organizations/ institutions. In turn, promoting a favorable social-cultural and political environment for youth SRHR.
Youth led- Social Accountability
SRHR Alliance Uganda has been engaging young people and youth leaders to hold duty bearers accountable. We use community score card -a two-way ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of services. It brings together young people (service users and duty bearers (service providers) to jointly analyze issues underlying provision of SRHR services to young people. Based on this report, young people are able to engage and hold leaders and duty bearers accountable to Improving quality of SRHR services for young people in their jurisdictions
This where young people in rural and hard to reach remote areas are engaged to sell/offer basic SRHR services such as condoms, Sanitary pads, contractive pills and selected pain killers among others to their peers and community. This done in line with Ministry of health guidelines on community service provision. This model has helped improve access to basic SRHR services in the hard-to-reach areas.
Electronic and Media Health
The SRHR Alliance Uganda has fully adopted the Electronic and mobile health approach by leveraging on the different social media platforms to including facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, apps and mainstream media including Television and radio to increase access and utilization of SRHR information among young people. Over the last 5 years, the SRHR Alliance Uganda and its members have reached over 50 million people worldwide with SRHR information on its electronic and meida platforms.