Securing family planning investments in Kenya through public policy advocacy

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

Working with county governments in Kenya to develop Family Planning Costed Implementation Plans to secure domestic family planning funding In 2013, Kenya overhauled the country’s governance system, shifting from a centralized system of governance to a devolved one. One of the functions that was devolved to the new 47 county governments was health services, including family planning. The newly formed …

Investing in Africa’s Youth: How the EU can better support adolescent SRHR

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Today (February 6) in Brussels, we’re launching our new landmark report on the EU’s support for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa. Get a sneak peek of what’s in the report now! 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 …

Nothing for us without us! Empowering the youth in Kenya to advocate for their family planning needs.

Collins Baswony Kenya, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

On World Contraception Day 2018, Santa Kagendo, a young woman from Meru County was granted one minute to address the governor of Meru county at the launch event of the Meru County Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan. Her task?  To deliver an important message on behalf of the youth – that the youth of Meru County need access to youth …

How we will support voluntary family planning in the new year

Andreas Huebers Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Voluntary family planning is a human right. It means that every person has access to methods of contraception and can decide for themselves whether, with whom and when they want to start a family. However, this right is often not granted to women and girls in particular. Andreas Hübers, head of the DSW office in Berlin, writes about where he …

The photo shows Shazline, a four-year-old Kenyan girl with braided hair, looking into the camera, wearing a bright pink jacket.

#RightByHer Photo Exhibition

Eoghan Walsh Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Every year we celebrate the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development together with GIZ and amazing partners from all over the world. But this year, we had a premiere: our first international photo exhibition. The photo series Women of Kibera was developed by Brian Otieno in the context of our multi-partner campaign #RightByHer. Meet strong girls and women from age …

Contraception is not just about sex – it’s about saving lives!

Shane O'Halloran Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

When I was growing up in Ireland, the sale and advertising of modern contraceptives was banned. As ridiculous as it sounds now, the only way to obtain modern contraceptives was to buy them illegally down dark corners in some of the more dodgy parts of Dublin. Yes, there was a black market for condoms! Fortunately things eased up over the …

DSW Youth Meet-Up 2018 – introducing our youth advocates!

Eoghan Walsh Economic Empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Last week we introduced our Youth Meet-up 2018 – our effort, alongside partners Dance4Life and CHOICE, to get youth voices heard in the hall of power in Brussels. We are kicking off our activities today, so it’s a good time to introduce our awesome youth advocates who will be in Brussels this week! We’re thrilled to have a broad mix …

DSW youth meet-up

Introducing DSW’s Youth Meet-up 2018!

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

DSW is big on youth and to show this we have teamed up with our partners to bring youth voices to the heart of power in Europe, with our Youth Meet-up 2018! Youth is, after all, right there in our logo! We are committed to the belief that “youth can”, and see the results every day in the projects that we …

Fifteen years after the Maputo Protocol: Ground-breaking report provides pan-African review of women’s rights

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

While significant improvements have taken place, the implementation of continental commitments to women’s rights still lags behind. Berlin, September 4, 2018: Today sees the release of the digital version of the State of African Women report. This ground-breaking report delivers a full pan-African review of the current status of women’s and girls’ rights in SRHR and their ratification and domestication …

Euromapping 2018

Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Euromapping 2018 report highlights the need for other global donors – the European Union and EU Member States – to increase their contributions to protect health of women and girls around the world. Brussels, August 29, 2018: The latest Euromapping 2018 report on global funding for family planning (FP) and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) highlights the US …

Mombasa County Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan Launch PHOTO/DSW

Kenya: Launch of costed implementation plans promise residents of Mombasa, Nandi better family planning services  

Collins Baswony Kenya, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

  Two DSW partner counties in Kenya launched their family planning costed implementation plans while commemorating World Population Day 2018. The County Governments of Mombasa and Nandi launched their five year family planning costed implementation plans, articulating their family planning priorities, as well as the required budgetary needs.

Best moments of the Africa Regional Dialogue: Bob Marley stands #RightByHer

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health

No Woman No Cry: improving the situation of women was the main goal of the Africa Regional Dialogue 2018. More than 150 state and non-state actors united in Nairobi to discuss a new in-depth report, titled ‘State of African Women’. Focusing on 4 rights areas, the report is the informative key piece of the #RightByHer communications campaign. View the best moments …