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Engaging youth is considered standard practice in adolescent and youth family planning and reproductive health programs, yet involving youth directly in program implementation is an ideal that is not consistently followed or is carried out in a tokenistic way. Youth are the experts on their own experiences, and are best at identifying what they need. […]

Journal Article | Passages Project | Adolescents | Family Planning | Gender Equality

Addressing gender is implicit in our work. We view gender equity —the differences in access and opportunities between women, men, boys, and girls—as a cross cutting issue that must be embedded throughout the design and evaluation of all of reproductive health programs.

focus area | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | GREAT Project | Tékponon Jikuagou | Technical Assistance

Directly involving youth in program evaluation has become increasingly popular in international development programs that focus on youth, especially those that use a Positive Youth Development framework. Engaging youth in all aspects of program evaluation not only builds their skills and assets youth but also creates an opportunity for youth to give input and take […]

Blog | Passages Project | Adolescents | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

This webinar covered case examples and guidance for key steps, challenges, and solutions for costing of social norm interventions.

Video | Passages Project | Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change

Social norms are a hot topic in development. While it seems intuitive that social norms can play a key role in influencing people’s behavior (in both negative and positive ways), the jury is still out on the best way for programs to address norms. We do know that in order to provide evidence on the […]

Blog | Passages Project | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

In September 2017, IRH and partners traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to present at the Sexual Violence Research Institute (SVRI) Forum and share experiences with 500 other experts working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. IRH, Tearfund, and Promundo-US co-led a satellite event titled, Exploring the Links between Intimate Partner Violence and Family […]

Blog | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality | Family Planning

Too often, adolescents and their parents are unequipped to deal with the rapid transformation of adolescence – a critical period when young people navigate the physical and emotional changes of puberty while they assume adult roles and responsibilities. Adolescents’ ability to develop positive relationships and make healthy choices during this time is heavily influenced by […]

Blog | Passages Project | Gender Equality | Adolescents

“Our three countries – Bangladesh, Nepal and India – have similar contexts; we face the same inequitable norms and battle backlash from social change. Let’s share what is working and change what is not.” – Quote from a regional participant attending the convening meeting

Blog | Passages Project | Strategic Scale-up | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Are you – or someone you know – one of the 500 participants who will be at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September? You won’t want to miss the exciting presentations, panels, and posters that IRH and our partners will showcase this year. 

Blog | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality

The Passages Project team hosted a research and implementation forum with colleagues from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal on Tuesday, July 17 2018.

Social norms researchers and implementers from Save the Children, the Institute for Reproductive Health, Tearfund, Eglise du Christ au Congo, The Grandmother Project, and the John Hopkins University Global Early Adolescent Study shared results and experiences from their work and discussed how their findings can inform program activities and measurement of social norms interventions for reproductive health.

Journal Article | Passages Project | Family Planning | Gender Equality | Adolescents