Y-MOVES will contribute to building a dynamic and inclusive civil society working towards advancing young people especially girls’ rights to participation, protection and sexual reproductive health in Bangladesh.
It is based on the premise that adult civil society actors in Bangladesh need to work in partnership with young peoples’ organizations/platforms to effectively influence government stakeholders to implement policies and programmes that caters to the needs of young people on issues of SRHR and protection from SGBV. At the same time, by gaining capacities to influence decision makers through collective actions, these civil society actors including the young people’s organizations and platforms themselves will become a stronger voice and key drivers of change in promoting SRHR and protection rights of young people.
The change envisioned among young people at individual level is that they will have increased awareness and skills to advocate on issues related to SRHR and SGBV. They will also have the skills and opportunities to take evidence based collective action to influence duty bearers on these issues at national and district level through building platforms and networks.
At the organizational level, youth organizations will enhance their internal accountability and capacity to operate e.g. administrative capacity, established routines for planning, implementation, follow-up and reporting of results in adequate and transparent ways, resource mobilization. At the same time youth organizations will be supported to have more gender-transformative and inclusive structures and processes in place to promote girls participation and leadership. Civil society organizations working for the rights of marginalized young people will have the capacity, structures and processes in place to work in partnership with youth organizations and to advocate with duty bearers and implement campaign on young people’s SRHR and SGBV issues at national and district level.
Government line ministries/directorates/departments and policy makers will be aware of SRHR and SGBV issues of young people especially of girls and young women and allocate increased budget for implementation of programmes to address these issues and improve quality of services. Communities especially parents and gatekeepers will have positive attitude towards SRHR of young people especially girls and will support girls and young women to engage in collective action.
Although the project, will work in all 64 districts, not all interventions will be implemented in these 64 districts. Some interventions, specifically, campaign, community sensitization and social accountability will be rolled out in 26 districts. Among these 26 districts, 15 were chosen because the marginalized groups of young people are located in these districts. The rest 11 districts were chosen from divisions where Plan has a divisional office.
The full range of NCTF interventions will be implemented by Plan in 40 districts and Save the children will continue to support NCTF in 24 districts. Of the 40 districts, Plan will provide a deeper level of support to 26 districts (which includes the 16 most marginalized groups) including the SRHR, SGBV and regular support to rest 14 districts. The support of Save the Children for 24 districts cannot be confirmed and therefore no mitigation measures possible. However, Plan will still be able to retain a national footprint as the 40 districts are distributed across all 8 divisions of the country. In the event Save mobilizes resources for the 24 districts for the duration of Y-Moves projects, then Plan will provide one female volunteer and support NCTF participation national level. Save must be able to mobilize the by January 2020.