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Scaling Up via NGO Capacity Building

Maryanne Pribila, MPH

Technical Officer, YouthNet/FHI

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Assessment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  • Many groups working in PE without coordination

  • Focus on awareness raising, not behavior change

  • Varying capacity among NGOs

  • Duplicative materials

  • Lack of standards

  • Lack of active support by authorities

  • Focus on general population youth

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Goal of Y-PEER:

To strengthen institutional capacity of NGOs to improve the quality of youth peer education programs

  • Network creation to link stakeholders

  • Resources & tools made available for translation and cultural adaptation

  • International trainings and meetings

  • Youth participation and partnerships with adults

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Accomplishmentsin EE & CA2002-2005

  • 4 million young people reached

  • 7,000 peer educators trained

  • 300+ NGOs joined the network

  • 27 countries adopted and adapted Y-PEER tools

  • Almost 10 countries self-sustain their activities

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Network Creation

  • Varied designs

  • Established to meet the local needs of the NGOs and stakeholders participating

  • Linked through in-person meetings and training events

  • Utilize online resources and materials

  • Participate in Y-PEER Global activities

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Tools for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

  • PE TOT Manual

  • Advocacy Kit

  • Exercise Cards

  • CyberPeer: A Computer-Based Learning Tool for Peer Educators (March)

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Global Peer Education Toolkit

  • Builds upon existing Y-PEER tools

  • Seeks to fill gaps and demand from NGOs

  • Developed using research and evidence from the field

  • Shares global examples

  • Intended to be adapted locally

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Components of PE Toolkit

  • Training of Trainers Manual (revised)

  • Standards for Peer Education Programmes

  • Theatre-Based Techniques for Youth Peer Education: A Training Manual

  • Performance Improvement: A Guide for Managers

  • Assessment Tool for Youth Peer Education Programmes

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Linked by a

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Country Level Lessons

Successful Networks:

Challenged Networks:

  • Linked to an office

  • Strong focal points

  • Multiple donors support activities

  • Materials adapted and translated

  • Lack of resources

  • Dominated by 1or 2 NGOs

  • Competition among NGOs

  • Single donor drives activities

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Y-PEER Expansion

  • Popularity of peer education methodology to reach youth

  • Global need for increased quality and focus on behavior change

  • Demand from other regions

  • Lessons learned from Y-PEER in EE & CA

  • Tools and resources available

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  • Arab States (UNFPA)

    • Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Palestine)

    • Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Djibouti, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen)

  • East Africa(YouthNet/FHI)

    - Tanzania & Kenya

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Initial Steps

  • Stock Take - assessment

  • Invitations to global activities

  • Follow-on meetings to grow network

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Lessons to be Applied

  • Strategy is important, not a superstructure

  • Personal relationships are key to start

  • Linkages provide wide opportunities

    • Government

    • Other youth outreach (MTV, services, schools)

  • Event driven networks have potential

  • Trickle down M&E is needed early on

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Continuous Challenges

  • Growing networks, not single organizations

  • Growing organizations, not individuals

  • Building youth leaders, not professional youth

  • Perceived competition among NGOs

  • Sharing successes among multiple mandates

  • Finding ways to reach NGOs with limited Internet access

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For further information about Y-PEER contact: [email protected]

For publications contact: [email protected]