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ACP – Promoting universal Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of vulnerable adolescents in Africa – 2020

The ACP partnership is centred on the objective of reducing and ultimately eradicating poverty, consistent with the objectives of sustainable development and the gradual integration of ACP countries into the world economy.

30 million 500 thousand euro

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Institution European Commission
Sectors Health
Regions European Union, Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, Developing countries, Asia, Caucasus, Middle East

Region concerned: Africa

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Priorities and funded actions

* To improve demand and access to comprehensive, integrated, affordable, quality, discrimination-free, age-appropriate SRHR information and services in (eligible) African countries, with a particular focus on reaching adolescent girls and vulnerable (out of school, poor, marginalized/discriminated, disabled, under-served) adolescents;
* To strengthen public and community health systems to provide these information and services;
* To promote an enabling legal, political and societal environment that allows adolescents, especially girls and vulnerable adolescents, to access the quality SRH (sexual and reproductive health) services they need, and protects their sexual and reproductive rights.


National Priorities:
* Prioritie 1: Advocacy for domestic resource mobilisation for SRHR -in particular adolescent SRHR-, directed at parliamentarians, political and interest parties, cabinets of ministers and government institutions at the level where decisions are made on budget allocations.
* Prioritie 2: Advocacy to increase availability of quality SRH/FP commodities in general and specifically for adolescents, and to include essential SRH/FP commodities in national essential drugs lists.
* Prioritie 3: Awareness raising and policy dialogue on SRHR of vulnerable adolescents, including family planning and youth involvement to advance gender equity and leave no one behind. Advocacy to ensure existing policies and laws are conducive to facilitate access to SRHR for all adolescents, including the most vulnerable and discriminated.
* Prioritie 4: Multisectoral coordination to advance an integrated SRHR agenda, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable adolescents, and to ensure its full inclusion into national health and UHC strategies and its effective integration at primary care level.
* Prioritie 5: Capacity building in delivery of youth friendly, discrimination-free SRHR information and services, targeting public and community systems and health workforce. The enhancement of the awareness, knowledge, attitudes and skills of service providers at primary care and community level. 
* Priority 6: Capacity building in delivery of comprehensive sexuality education for in school and out of school adolescents, targeting public and community systems and education workforce.
* Prioritie 7: Pilot delivery of integrated SRHR information and services across the continuum of care targeting vulnerable adolescents. The design and piloting of an innovative service delivery model will need to be adequately integrated into existing health settings and also be supported by clear co-financing measures and a credible sustainability plan.
* Prioritie 8: Strengthen social and community surveillance and accountability structures and ensure these are linked with and integrated within government structures/systems.

Regional priorities:
*Prioritie 1:South-south collaboration, horizontal learning, dissemination of results and good practices.
*Prioritie 2:Regional advocacy for the operationalisation of the continental and regional policy frameworks on SRHR. 
*Prioritie 3: Strengthening regional functions in support of strengthening national health systems, where this is anticipated to be an effective/appropriate approach. Regional/sub-regional bodies and regional activities can strengthen selected health system building blocks to advance UHC for adolescent SRHR, based on identified needs/gaps and clear added-value of regional approach.

Among financed actions
– Evidence generation, transfer of know-how and experience in relation to the objectives of the call by providing training, peer assistance and tutoring of government counterparts, local CSOs and community groups in relation to adolescent SRHR, gender equity;
– Networking, exchange of best practices and experience and related policy advocacy; tracking of policy implementation and results, collecting and using gender sensitive and statistics; facilitation of policy dialogue among diverse stakeholders etc;
– Working with different stakeholders, including youth networks, women’s associations, sport clubs, teacher associations, academia and research centres, traditional, religious, social media and other opinion leaders, and media; to influence social norms and stereotypes and raise awareness on importance of adolescent SRHR;
– Awareness raising and advocacy related to SRHR including through community and/or school-based approaches and interventions, including working with men and boys on changing gender norms and raising awareness on importance of SRHR/FP with focus on SRHR for adolescents;
– Improving access to quality (youth friendly, non-discriminatory comprehensive and age-appropriate) and comprehensive SRHR for adolescents, including counselling on safe sexual behaviour, evidence-based information, family planning and modern contraception, including through pilot/innovative service delivery, if integrated into existing health setting, co-financed and having a clear sustainability plan;
– Improving access to quality and comprehensive sexuality education;
– Provide and/or refer to the full range of basic sexual and reproductive health care services including family planning through capacity building of local public sector or other health service providers;
– Policy dialogue and collaboration with public sector and decision makers –local, national and regional levels- for better services and their improved sustainability;
– Advocacy campaigns including use of innovative approaches and media;
– Monitoring, use of research methods, collection of evidence, use of surveys, data collection, collection of evidence etc.

Complementary informations
* This call of proposals is an open call for poposals 
* Initial duration of the action: between 24 months abd 48 months.

* Eligibility: 
– be a legal person, and
– be non-profit-making. Please note that for-profit organisations may also be eligible in exceptional and duly justified cases , and
– be a non-governmental organisation, Please note that the Evaluation Committee will take into consideration the different legal forms of registration in the respective countries. Note that international organisations are not eligible. The applicant should attach a justification , and
– be established in one of the eligible countries or territories listed in Annex L to these guidelines, and
– be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicants and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary, and
– have at least 3 years of experience and demonstrated track record in health systems strengthening  to advance adolescent SRHR with work experience at national, regional and community level; this should be clearly reflected and described in the full application, and
– have established partnership with at least one local organisation as co-applicant in each targeted country -civil society organisation or local authority; this should be demonstrated in the concept note through letters of support from the local co-applicants. In these letters, local co-applicants should introduce themselves, express their support to the application and describe succinctly their engagement and role in the action.


* Amount of the grant : between 5 million and 10 million euro
* Co-financing rate : between 50% and 90% of the total eligible costs 

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