In an expansion of its efforts to fight a growing HIV epidemic and high teenage pregnancy rates, the Government of Botswana is encouraging nongovernmental organizations (NG0s) to be more active in providing reproductive health (RH) services, and especially HIV/AIDS education and care, to adolescents. NG0s have the potential to assume a larger role as health and education providers as well as implement pilot projects that the public health sector could learn from to increase the availability and quality of RH services for youth. The Africa OR/TA Project II designed and implemented the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to assist youth-oriented NG0s in taking on greater responsibility for adolescent RH and education in Botswana. YEP was part of USAID's Botswana Population Sector Assistance Project that assisted the Government of Botswana in improving the accessibility and effectiveness of RH care provided by the public and NGO sectors. This report describes YEP’s focus on strengthening the management and service delivery capabilities of the participating NG0s.
Rapelesega, Mercy and Naomi Rutenberg. 1997. "The Youth Empowerment Project: Strengthening NGO Management, Research and Service Delivery Capabilities in Botswana," final report. Nairobi: Population Council.
Africa OR/TA Project II