Our Projects

Inaugurated in 1999, DSW’s Youth-to-Youth Initiative (Y2Y) has been established to address the needs of young people aged 10 to 24 in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. To achieve this, DSW works in close cooperation with young people to improve their knowledge of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and offers training and counselling on club management, leadership, and entrepreneurship to provide them with the skills and power to lead a self-determined future.

The Youth-to-Youth Network: Empowering young people

Fighting Fistula

An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labour, leaving women incontinent, ashamed, and ostracised from society. Around 9,000 new cases occur every year in Ethiopia, representing the highest prevalence of fistula worldwide.

From 2006 until 2013, DSW’s “Fight Fistula” project was active in Ethiopia, working to increase community awareness of the problem of fistula, by strengthening local capacity by providing SRHR information and services where they were most needed, in particular in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. In the final year of the project alone, DSW was successful in reaching over 200,000 girls and community members in the regions targeted, to educate them about this medical condition, and about family planning.

Ethiopia’s Bonga Forest, located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, is rich in wild-growing Arabica coffee. In 2001, DSW launched the Integrated Bonga Forest Project to curb increasing degradation of the forest, improve livelihood opportunities, and address unmet health needs of people who live in communities surrounding the forest.

Together with local partners, DSW as part of the “Bonga” project educates participatory forest management groups on the socio-economic benefits of protecting the forest while maintaining the production and marketing of farmers’ quality organic coffee products with international corporate partners.

Bonga : Working to address population, health and the environment together

GeNext Uganda : “My Life, My future!”

In September 2013, DSW, in partnership with Bayer, launched the GeNext Uganda “My Life, My Future!” project. Active in the Wakiso and Busia districts in Uganda, the project has at its core aim the empowerment of young people to make informed choices about family planning and their SRHR. GeNext facilitates this by engaging with young people from these communities in Uganda through youth-led DSW Youth Empowerment Centres (YECs) and together with the youth-focused Reach a Hand Uganda (RaHU).

GeNext operates within the context of World Contraception Day, and since its inception in September 2013 the project has been highly successful in working with young men and women to empower end educate them to become champions in their communities for SRHR. DSW and RaHU working together have trained 60 young people to become youth champions for family planning and SRHR. The youth champions were trained on various topics, including peer education, family planning methods, adolescent reproductive health, sex and sexuality, pregnancy, contraception, life skills and training on community mobilisation.

DSW, in collaboration with Bayer, launched the Young Adolescent Project (YAP) in 2009. From 2009 until 2012, the project was active in Uganda, and from 2013 in Kenya. The goal of YAP is to remove the many barriers faced by young adolescents (aged 10 to 14 years) in accessing age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services. YAP is also intended to foster a community environment that facilitates effective communication between young adolescents and the adults in their communities that have a key role to play in their lives, like their parents and teachers.

Young Adolescent Project: supporting young adolescents in Uganda and Kenya

DSW’s Online Support for SRHR Capacity Development

The European Union, including its Member States, is the world’s largest donor to global poverty alleviation and economic development. In response to this, DSW designed an online training programme for local NGOs that covers different aspects of resource mobilization. The curriculum is focused on accessing funding from European donors and in particular the European Commission. The techniques and approaches covered in this online training will build resource mobilization skills needed for successful resource mobilization also from other donors, including private foundations.

Visit www.eu-learning.org now to start building your RM skills today!