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 …

This is how we fight for the end of female genital mutilation

Mareike Döring Youth Empowerment

A presentation of our project working to end female genital mutilation in Tanzania First of all, the cultural practice that we’re talking about here is called genital mutilation. Out of respect for those affected, we will speak of circumcised girls and women. One former circumciser tells us about the procedure: “We used sharp objects such as a razor blade, scissors …

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 …

European Parliament to rest of EU: We need more European R&D funding to fight diseases of poverty

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases, Youth Empowerment

In crucial committee vote on the future EU research programmeHorizon Europe, Members of the European Parliament call for more public fundingto address the burden of AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other neglectedtropical diseases. Brussels, December 12, 2018:In Strasbourg today, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to endorse an ambitious EU research agenda for the next decade. The vote today confirms last month’s …

The Global Gag Rule – what it means for Kenyan women and girls

Evelyn Samba Youth Empowerment

Two years after the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy – better known as the Global Gag Rule – what impact is it having on the lives of those people most reliant on external funding to access family planning services. Our Kenya Country Director Evelyn Samba, outlines the realities of the situation in Kenya. What will change? The reinstatement of …

DSW at ICFP 2018 – Day 2: superheroes everywhere

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

What an exciting second day in Kigali! While some of us were busy at booth 41 chatting with visitors from all over the world, others started the day right on stage.  George Ouma, DSW Kenya, kicked off a morning session on youth and reproductive health: “In Kenya, many teachers and parents view sexuality as a taboo topic”. His solution: adolescent-friendly …

Are the SDGs boring? A guest post from Dance4Life

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

The Youth Meet-up in Brussels was organised by DSW, Dance4life and CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality on September 26-27 2018. On the second day, the workshop was hosted by members of the European Parliament, policy advisors, and with assistance from political groups in Brussels. Ten youth representatives from Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Netherlands and Georgia participated in 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 …

DSW Tanzania showcases Youth Empowerment Centres (YEC) and Youth Clubs as “Safe Spaces for Youth”

Philomena Marijani Success Stories, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

In Tanzania the national commemoration of International Youth Day   took place from August 10-12, 2018. August 10, 2018 was dedicated for the community services that include planting of trees and visiting stakeholders’ youth programmes that illustrate this year’s International Youth Day theme “Safe Spaces for Youth.”  On this day there were field site visits where different stakeholders from national and …

The National Commemoration of International Youth Day 2018 in Tanzania

Philomena Marijani Development Cooperation, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

The national commemoration of International Youth Day 2018 in Tanzania took place in Arusha. The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is “Safe Spaces for Youth”.  The day was graced by Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliament Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Honourable Antony Mavunde. More than 3000 youth from different …