6 DSW’ s Inte rnational Work Ethiopia Uganda Kenya Tanzania» DSW in the Field For over twenty years, DSW has campaigned tirelessly education is most effective when adolescents are on behalf of those who hold the future in their hands: taught and counselled by their own peers. In the young people of today and the parents of addition, we involve parents, teachers, community tomorrow. During this time we have built a solid members, and local and religious opinion leaders. network of over six hundred youth clubs for sexual Their support and understanding is vital to ensure and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education a lasting improvement in the lives of young people. and AIDS prevention training in the four East However, DSW’s field work involves much more than African countries where we operate: Ethiopia, Kenya, sex education. We apply an integrated population- Tanzania, and Uganda. health-environment approach based on the needs Through our Youth-to-Youth Initiative, peer educators and rights of young people and communities. We at these clubs teach and motivate other young people support and promote capacity building of civil society about how to prevent unwanted pregnancies and organisations and communities, with a special HIV infections, and how they can implement positive focus on young people, as well as social and political changes in their own lives and the lives of others in decision-makers, health providers and relevant their communities. Our experience shows that sex stakeholders throughout the world. “The global problems of our time such as poverty, food shortages, and climate change can only be overcome by meeting the unmet need for family planning and modern contraception in the world’s poorest countries.” Renate Baehr, DSW’s Executive Director
DSW’ s Inte rnational Work 7 Highlights Capacity Building in Development www.youth-to-youth.org During 2011 and early 2012, DSW developed and conducted a total of 218 training courses across Africa and Asia. These training sessions focused on Youth-to-Youth Website Launch capacity building in relation to resource mobilisation, In September 2011, DSW launched a dedicated civic education, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and website for the Youth-to-Youth Initiative. The youth life skills, and were held in 11 countries. DSW is focused website was set up to increase awareness committed to helping individuals and local organisa- on issues relating to SRHR, and to act as a point of tions to build and increase their knowledge and reference where young people could ask questions, resources for the areas in which we operate. Courses share experiences and motivate others. From its held at the regional, national and international levels initial launch to June 2012, the site has been visited included formal training sessions, peer-to-peer ex- by over 2,500 young people. changes, “ripple effect” train-the-trainer approaches, and online coursework. “I’ve been empowered!” – Study Praises DSW’s Youth-to-Youth Initiative Spanning four East African countries, DSW’s Youth- and in a number of cases, the ability to provide for to-Youth Initiative has a membership of over 30,000 themselves and families through self-generated income. young people. In an effort to assess the results of the Initiative on young people and their social environ- ment, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale “Before I was shy, now I am a public speaker Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), commissioned an assessment and a highly recognised person; I am often of the Initiative in 2011. The results were extremely positive. The study praised the impact that the project called to organise public events.” was having on girls in particular and how membership Youth club member. has led to the development of life skills, self-esteem, Speaking about the benefits of DSW’s Youth-to-Youth Initiative.» Project Controlling DSW plans and manages projects with meticulous care and proficiency: » Before any project can begin, country office staff create an operational plan that sets out measurable goals, activities, timeframe, and budget considerations. » Close collaboration with local partners and benefi- ciaries ensures that projects are coordinated and planned in accordance with the precise needs of people in each country. » Project managers working in the country office ensure that everything is implemented according » Project coordinators and the controlling depart- to the contract and produce monthly, or quarterly, ment in Hannover check the reports and submit reports on the resources used and on the progress the results to the Board of Directors. of projects initiated. » We also commission external appraisers to evaluate individual projects.
8 DSW’ s Inte rnational Work» Ethiopia Almost every second Ethiopian woman aged 20 is a mother. Average number of children per woman: 4.8 145 85 29 Population in millions 1970 2011 2050 * UN estimate Addis Ababa Capital of Ethiopia Country Office since 1999» What Does DSW Ethiopia Do? Almost two-thirds of Ethiopian women are married What Have We Achieved? A snapshot of recent successes with the projectProject Highlights in their teens with some girls marrying as young as “Working Together for Decent Work in East Africa” seven years. As a result, they are often denied access include: to education and paid employment. To help improve » One hundred youth and women’s group this situation, we launched the “Working Together for members have been trained in leadership and Decent Work in East Africa” project for Ethiopia in entrepreneurship skills. September 2011. This three year regional project was set up to provide social protection and employment » 30,000 materials have been disbursed. for those excluded from the formal labour market, » Radio talk shows have reached an estimated especially women and young people. Thirty youth and audience of more than 10,000 listeners. women’s groups, each consisting of 20–25 members involved in various informal crafts and activities, » Our health awareness events have impacted have so far been organised to benefit from the project. 2,300 people. We mentor individual members with regards to developing market-based skills, increasing economic opportunities, enhancing their ability to move into Further information about our work in Ethiopia can be formal employment and, creating networking found under www.dsw-online.org/ethiopia opportunities. Ultimately, the sustainability of their economic activities enables them to take ownership to the eradication of this debilitating condition among and control of their own futures. women and girls in Ethiopia. Since prevention is critical to fighting fistula, education, and family planning services form the main strategies of this The ”Fight Fistula“ Project project. In the past six months alone, we have trained Child marriage, early pregnancy and Female Genital 40 leaders from girls clubs to give advice and support Mutilation (FGM) are among the reasons two million about the condition, and we have reached more women suffer from obstetric fistula, a serious child- than 83,000 people about issues relating to SRHR birth-related condition that often affects young girls. and harmful traditional practices. The goal of our “Fight Fistula” project is to contribute
12 DSW’ s Inte rnational Work» Advocating for Change – in the South Advocating for increased support from governments formulate policy priorities, monitor their implemen- for gender equality, family planning, and sexual tation and influence decision-makers. Collaboration and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), is vital with institutions, government agencies, and other for maintaining and improving the health of young non-governmental organisations is an important people and societies in order to help them reach cornerstone of our work. By cooperating and working their full potential. Advocacy initiatives, such as DSW’s together with other actors, we help to ensure the “Healthy Action” project, are aimed at empowering sustainability of our activities while achieving greater East African non-state actors to advocate effectively results for all. on health issues by increasing their capacity to “DSW’s AHEAD project is at the cutting-edge of efforts to mobilize civil-society demand and support for the funding of reproductive health interventions in developing countries. DSWs efforts are playing a vital role in saving the lives of poor women in those countries.” Tom Merrick, Technical Advisor to the World Bank Institute
DSW’ s Inte rnational Work 13» What Have We Achieved in the South? Highlights from two of our advocacy projects in the past year include: » “Euroleverage”: We have provided comprehensive technical assistance to our implementing partners in the Euroleverage project regarding the develop- ment and implementation of national advocacy strategies aimed at increasing domestic and European funding for reproductive health in their countries. Interim findings from an impact analysis indicate that the “Euroleverage” project resulted in: • Reproductive health and family planning Capacity Building in the South information being accessed by a total of DSW conducted a total of 218 training workshops in 6.3 million people; Senegal, Rwanda, India, Nepal, Malawi, Kenya, • Approximately 4.4 million condoms distributed; Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, and Burundi through • Nearly 1 million clients with access to SRHR the capacity building framework/approach of our services and; projects “Healthy Action”, “Euroleverage”, “AHEAD for • More than 32,000 people trained in capacity World Bank Advocacy”, “nEUwAID”, as well as “Fight building activities. Fistula”, and our Youth-to-Youth Initiative. Held during 2011 and early 2012, these training sessions were based on a number of thematic priorities. “Euroleverage”, and “nEUwAID”, for instance, included training sessions focusing on enhancing local civil society organisations (CSOs) capacities to better hold the EU and their own governments accountable » “Healthy Action”: Our advocacy project, “Healthy regarding commitments made. Action”, is carried out in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. In 2011, DSW Kenya hosted a three day Participants involved in the training were also guided training on civic education for health CSOs. about issues relating to the definition of EU aid Following the training, beneficiaries have been policies for their own countries, how to navigate the undertaking civic education in all regions of the often complex funding environment, and how to country through the use of edutainment and other improve their chances of mobilising new funding for forms of community outreaches to sensitise the their projects. community on governance issues in the health sector. Since initiation, a total of 14 forums have been held reaching more than 1,500 people. Key political decision-makers have also felt the effect of this civic education. In the past 12 months, over 150 councillors have signed “Calls to Action”, committing themselves to supporting greater allocations to health within local authority budgets at ward level. Due to our work in this area, DSW is also now part of the task force in charge of the re-launch of the National Family Planning Campaign in Kenya.
14 DSW’ s Inte rnational Work» Advocating for Change – at the International Level With austerity measures being implemented across collaboration, communication, and coordination the EU, it is vital that decision-makers be held to effort. In 2011, DSW’s advocacy teams in Europe and account for improved health outcomes in low- and in Africa, along with our partners, have been working middle-income. Ensuring that these commitments together to shape the international communities are realised requires an intense international advocacy actions on the issues we are engaged with.“Many thanks for the nice and informative meeting at the [EU]Parliament. I found it very useful, forwarded the essence also tomy capital experts.” Paul Elberg, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Estonia Tips and Tricks “Tips and Tricks: How to Access European Funds for Reproductive Health and Poverty Alleviation”, is seen as a valued resource by other non-profit organisations – as is our many other studies and guidelines. More information available at: www.euroresources.org
D SW’ s Inte rn a ti o na l Wo rk 15» What Have We Achieved at the International Level? This past year, our international advocacy activities have achieved the following: » Within Action for Global Health (AfGH), we organised two multi-stakeholder Roundtable events with representatives from donors and civil society in preparation of the Fourth High Level Forum (HLF4) on Aid Effectiveness in April and June 2011. As a result of our combined work within the network, AfGH recommendations were reflected in EU policy documents, including the European Commission’s Agenda for Change, and the Communication on Budget Support. » DSW engages directly with local civil society networks in low- and middle-income countries by conducting advocacy and resource mobilisation courses to build and increase knowledge and resources. These training sessions are designed to not only enhance local CSOs capacities to better hold the EU and their own governments accountable, but also to help demystify and attract greater funding for activities and issues relating to SRHR work. In 2011 alone, DSW conducted 134 training workshops in 11 countries across Africa and Asia. » As a member of AfGH, DSW was also an active participant in the HLF4 on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, in November 2011. The event was aimed at reforming the aid effectiveness Working with Religious Leaders to Improve agenda and establishing a new global partnership for development cooperation. In the run-up to the and Support Access to Family Planning Forum, DSW participated in global CSO consulta- In 2011, DSW worked together with Christian tions and organised an online discussion on health Connections for International Health (CCIH) and aid effectiveness which was followed by more Muhammadiyah to conduct an extended consultation than 140 organisations worldwide. As a result of process with religious leaders and faith-based our involvement, civil society will now be included institutions regarding their willingness to support in the elaboration of the Global Monitoring Frame- advocacy for reproductive health and family planning. work to be established in the follow-up to the As a result of our collective work, 120 faith-based commitments made in Busan. organisations, religious leaders and religious institu- tions, and 100 other supporting organisations and non-state actors, adopted in Nairobi, Kenya, an “Interfaith Declaration to Improve Family Health and Well-Being” in support of access to family planning.» The declaration calls on others to endorse this initiative to influence government and donor policies www.dsw-online.org/interfaith and funding.
16 DSW’ s Inte rnational Work» Advocating for Change – at the EU Level As the world’s largest donor, the European Commission have a positive and far reaching impact on the lives and the European Union Member States combined of people within low- and middle-income countries. play a central role in international development Our team works in close collaboration with staff and cooperation and in health development policies. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), the DSW’s EU liaison office works to influence key European Commission (EC), the European External political decision-makers to ensure that EU policies Action service (EEAS), representatives of Member States, and other civil society organisations (CSOs). We support initiatives that seek to reinforce the policies and funding on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as well as global health. The DSW EU team celebrating DSW’s twentieth anniversary in Brussels.