Building the assets and skills of young people has been shown to improve outcomes for youth in high-income countries, but what does Positive Youth Development (PYD) look like in HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health programming in low and middle income countries (LMICs)? What is evidence of the effectiveness of a PYD approach in improving HIV/AIDS and SRH outcomes? How does PYD impact cross-sectoral outcomes?
This webinar, focused on HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health, builded upon sector-specific analysis from the recently released Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
- Martie Skinner, Research Scientist, The Social Development Research Group, University of Washington
- Alice Welbourn, Founding Director, Salamander Trust, UK
- Andrew Gibbs, Senior Specialist Scientist at the Gender and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council & Honorary Research Fellow, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division [HEARD], University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- Kate Plourde, Senior Technical Officer, Global Health Population and Nutrition Department, FHI 360
About the Webinar
Advancing youth health and well-being and promoting the active involvement of young people in social and economic development increasingly are priorities for many donors and development organizations taking a holistic approach to youth development. PYD is an approach that aims to build and support the competencies, skills, and abilities of youth so that they are empowered to reach their full potential.
PYD is a guiding principle of USAID’s Youth in Development Policy. Both a philosophy and an approach, it is a paradigm shift in how we understand young people and how we provide youth services. Based on YouthPower Learning’s Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-income Countries, which examines implementation and evidence of PYD, the YouthPower Learning team has developed sector-specific briefs to deepen our understanding of what PYD approaches look like as they are applied to health, democracy and governance, and workforce readiness and employability.
Key takeaways explored during this webinar:
Multiple complex issues face young people: initiatives need to embrace this complexity with positive, assets- and solution-focused multi-sectoral programs and outcomes.
Economic interventions have better IPV and SRH outcomes when they integrate gender-transformative components.
Change in social norms is possible, but it can take many years and demands considered investment in training, time and funding. The benefits of this investment may take many years—just as with car seat belts or public smoking.
There are promising interventions, two of which were discussed during this webinar, that work with young people to prevent intimate-partner violence and HIV-risk behavior.