Responsive Services are Sustainable Services

A young, woman board member points out details in the IPPF Governance Manual to two male colleagues during an LMG Project governance training in 2016. (Photo: Joseph Ayonga/IPPF)

The world’s youth population, aged 15-24, far surpasses 1 billion people, and many of these young people are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries. At these ages, young people begin to access services independently, especially sexual and reproductive health services, but the services do not always cater to young peoples’ needs. Engaging youth as leaders and decision-makers ensures more responsive and sustainable services, and in turn, more inclusive societies.

The USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project cultivates the next generation of global health leaders by training young people, supporting organizations to engage youth in decision-making, and studying what makes an effective youth program.

Soft Skills

Developed two courses for youth, Youth Leadership and Bringing Youth to the Table: Governance for young people, and organized the East African Women’s Mentoring Network for aspiring women leaders.

Inclusive Organizations

Supported the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region’s member associations’ inclusive governance with the Forging Youth-Adult Partnerships on the Board guide and governance training.

Hard Evidence

Reviewed global youth leadership development programs to identify what models work and proposed six recommendations for designing and implementing an effective youth leadership program.