The Population Council, with funding from Girl Effect, worked in seven Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) Partnership countries to strengthen the capacity of implementing partners to develop new approaches to reach AGYWs at highest risk of HIV infection, link them with essential resources, and empower them with social and protective assets for a safe and healthy entry into adulthood. This technical assistance was informed by the Population Council’s decades of research and experience determining “what works”—and what doesn’t work—in girl-centered programming. Through Project SOAR, the Population Council provided technical assistance to implementing partners in five additional countries to design and implement girl-centered programming based on evidence-informed concepts, tools, and tactics. The aim was to enable partners to use these approaches to improve their program coverage and delivery by reaching groups targeted by DREAMS: the most at-risk, marginalized AGYWs, who are often—inadvertently—overlooked by conventional HIV prevention efforts.
Project SOAR. 2019. "Strengthening capacity to prevent HIV among adolescent girls and young women: Supporting DREAMS programming," Project SOAR Results Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR); Empowering Girls and Young Women at High Risk of HIV Infection: A Capacity Strengthening Project