This is a documentation of key learnings and impact from DAC’s 3 year journey as a collaborative, which began in 2017. India’s adolescents (between the ages of 10 to 19) comprise the world’s largest group of young people. If properly invested in, this group has the potential to change the economic course of the country and shake deeply rooted social norms across generations
With the world’s largest youth population, and a
disproportionately high burden of the SDGs,
improving SDG indicators for adolescents in India
will be critical to improving them for the world.
Despite being a high-potential population,
adolescents are also extremely vulnerable.
Addressing their wellbeing and needs requires a
collaborative, multi-level approach including a
variety of actors.
or INR 26Cr disbursed to 4 non-profit organizations across 3 states
adolescents reached directly through these programs
replicable program components identified and shared with state governments
Provided deep capacity building support to 5 government departments across 3 state governments and 10 districts.
government front line workers trained & worked with 1624 officials to generate awareness of 10to19’s programs.
strategically placed senior level government officials converted to champion adolescent causes
Raised from over 34 funders for the adolescent sector
Amplified adolescent voices and perspectives, reaching
people across initiatives and platforms. Also reached readership of 651 M people through media mentions and media sensitization efforts
Established learning network of
Organizations participating in regular learning, data and insights cross-sharing
4 Implementing Partners
network of 282 NGOs
states and the center &
Experts and Strategic Advisors
to the Collaborative to successfully operationalize the other three pathways
Having made significant progress in our first phase of implementation, 10to19 recognized the need for necessary evolutions to our model to continue to transform the lives of adolescents in the next phase of our journey.
In August of 2020, we kicked off a strategic review and future planning exercise for the Collaborative- documenting our progress, assessing what went well and what are key areas of improvement and future focus. We are now beginning to put in place plans and goals for the next 5 years.
The next phase of 10to19 will see sharper strategic priorities, a more fleshed out operating plan and an evolved implementation model to meet the changing needs of young people and the field, while optimizing the current project portfolio.
We hope to carry forth our momentum and unique role towards better articulate our differentiated role in building up the field of adolescent health and wellbeing into a more mature and sustainable sector
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The policy gap(s) addressed by the program
The exclusion of young people in the decision-making process for policy issues surrounding adolescents
Community need(s) addressed by the program
Greater awareness and understanding of adolescent issues regarding their education, sexual and reproductive health, and early marriage
Opportunity for innovation addressed by the program
The opportunity to bring and work together with critical stakeholders on a single platform
Day-to-day program activities
Stakeholder management, vendor management
Periodic program activities
Monitoring, Reporting, Training of Personnel
One-off program activities
Government advocacy, designing campaigns
Tools/frameworks/systems & processes/ways of working from the program
Systems Change Framework
Is the practice impactful? If yes, list down why?
Is the practice sustainable? If yes, list down why?
Is the practice scalable? If yes, list down why?
Is the practice innovative and/or unique? If yes, list down why?
Youth-led social audits and presenting youth-centric priorities directly to decision makers
Yes, as it allows young people to directly engage with decision makers and contribute to the decision-making process
Yes, as it equips young people with leadership skills. It is also cost effective due to the long-term gains it offers upon initial investment
Yes, as such training modules can be replicated across multiple initiatives by other practitioners & organizations. In addition, trained young people can also train other young people
Yes, as it follows an approach which centers its design and delivery around young people, in an end-to-end manner
Youth-led social audits and presenting youth-centric priorities directly to decision makers to: (i) create a platform for youth to exercise their agency (ii) effectively engage decision makers
Community feedback of adolescents feeling confident, understood, and acknowledge
On-ground team feedback on creation of government champions for the project’s objectives
Project report and surveys observe greater youth involvement and efficacy in engaging directly with decision maker
The demographic it addresses
Adolescents from the age of 10 to 19 years
The gap/ need/ opportunity it addresses
The exclusion of adolescents and young people in the decision-making process for policy issues regarding adolescents and young people
Holding consultations with critical stakeholders and young people from the inception of a program
Taking inputs from all stakeholders and young people before initiating a new project to ensure a deeper visibility and understanding of their demographic and its needs
Engaging young people in decision-making processes to adopt a more collaborative approach between stakeholders and young people
Undertaking youth-led social audits and engagement with decision makers to engage directly with young people, understand their needs & concerns and influence change at the community level
Develop into a recommendation
DEVELOP INTO A RECOMMENDATION
CALIBRATE & SUBSTANTIATE
Obtaining qualitative and/or quantitative data to assess the promise of the shortlisted practices according to the five guiding factors
CALIBRATE & SUBSTANTIATE
List & Shortlist
List & Shortlist
To identify gaps/needs/opportunities and to shortlist program practices that are impactful, sustainable, scalable, innovative and/or unique.