Investing in Africa’s Youth: How the EU can better support adolescent SRHR
DSW’s recently developed report ‘Investing in Africa’s Youth – How the EU can better support adolescent SRHR’, was launched on Wednesday 6th of February. It assesses how European Union (EU) development cooperation programmes have supported young people’s access to SRHR. The research was undertaken by three external consultants: Andreia Oliveira, Elena Zacharenko and Sibylle Koenig.
The report was commissioned in the context of the current demographic transformation taking place in Africa, and what that means for young people. In many African countries, young people are a majority, often accounting for more than 60 percent of the population. Africa’s youth population is expected to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the 21st century, and to more than double its current levels by 2055. In order for young people to realise their full potential, they need special attention in development policies and programmes.
What DSW’s report did was look at EU support to SRHR through multiple channels and modalities in three countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Zambia) and based on 3 questions:
· Have EU-funded programmes been supporting equitable, accessible, acceptable, appropriate and effective youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services (YFS)?
· Do EU programmes include pre-conditions for youth empowerment and sustainability of services?
· How do EU programmes meet the development policy objectives?
These three case studies identify EU practices that both promote and compromise young people’s access to health services in a sustainable way. The current political framework, looking in particular at the ongoing discussion on the future EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF), offers opportunities to scale up efforts in this direction. The report includes recommendations for the development of the future MFF.