2017-2018 YouthPower Learning Gender Focused Grants Awarded to Mercy Corps and Waves for Change

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


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YouthPower Learning is pleased to announce the recipients of the "YouthPower Learning Grant for Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development." 

Mercy Corps: Girl Research and Learning Power (GRL Power)

Four girls, Jordanian and Syrian, sit in a row at school
The goal of GRL Power in Jordan is to equip adolescent girls with the knowledge and skills to conduct qualitative research; empower them to build upon efforts to create safe public spaces for girls and women by designing and undertaking their own research on topics that impact their lives; and to share these learnings and the girl-led research process with INGOs, national NGOs, UN agencies, the Jordanian government, and universities. Through this grant, GRL Power will:
  1. Establish and build the skills, knowledge and capacity of a group of girl researchers who can provide research services to the broader development community;
  2. Demonstrate the capacity of adolescent girls as researchers and the impact of investing in their empowerment; and
  3. Document and share lessons around the design and measurement of the impact that adolescent girls can have in mobilizing communities to foster safer public spaces and to reduce the potential for gender-based violence (GBV).

A group of about 50 young people, dressed in wesuits, pose on a dune behind several long boardsWaves for Change: Moving beyond data disaggregation: utilizing evaluation systems to promote gender equality in sports development for youth at scale

This project will help ensure that the South Africa-based Waves for Change (W4C) Surf Therapy program design maximizes holistic gender equality. This, in turn, will inform wider policy for improving gender equality in PYD programs—especially sports-based programs—in community-led initiatives, which will benefit both W4C’s network and the wider youth development community.

 W4C will use this grant to develop a framework for a gender-sensitive, systematic monitoring, evaluation, learning, and adaptation cycle. This will enable its staff to improve gender norms through a community-led initiative in areas where locals believe girls cannot do the same things as boys. This project builds on W4C’s ongoing innovative programmatic efforts to address gender barriers to participation and will enable W4C to maximize equality through gender-sensitive research expertise, coupled with data analysis and knowledge translation. To meet the proposed goal and objective of this grant, W4C will complete a full cycle of monitoring, evaluation, learning, and adaptation, taking advantage of an experiment within W4C programming around the inclusion of female participants.

Mercy Corps and Waves for Change were selected from a field of 35 candidates; we thank everyone for their submissions.

The photo of the Jordanian and Syrian girls is by Georg Schaumberger for Mercy Corps; the photo of the young people with their surfboards is courtesy of Waves for Change.

Information about other YouthPower Learning grants is available here.