Kampala, 8th March 2018
On 15th February 2018, the Kampala Youth Advocacy and Development Network (KYADNET) members held an engagement with partners at Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) Learning Center –Kampala. The main aim of the meeting was to share best practices, strategically develop joint ideas to enhance youth participation and foster their sustainability. In addition, members and partners developed the 2018 work plan for youth engagement, the 5 year strategic plan for 2018 – 2022 and discussed approaches for signing new partners to the network.
The engagement attracted over 50 representatives from 20 different youth-led and youth-serving organizations including; Sensitize Uganda, Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum (UYAHF), Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), Uganda Youth Network (UYONET), NYSC, SRHR Alliance Uganda, White Ribbon Alliance Uganda, Ignite International, Gals Forum International, Uganda Youth Development Link, Aids Information Center (AIC) , Girl Up Initiative, Kawaala Teenage Centre, HEYFU, Naguru Teenage & information Health Centre, Uganda Youth Forum (UYF), NUDIPU, WWF, and KCCA.
KYADNET as a network show cased their achievements that began with the Ni-YETU Project, an advocacy centered program that focuses interventions on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as ending Gender Based Violence, teenage pregnancies, early marriages and unsafe abortions that affect the health and well-being of young people.
In addition, the network engaged in divisional budget advocacy processes that sought to ensure that key issues pertaining young people are considered in the final budget at the divisional and national level. KYADNET also made tremendous strides in relation to integrating climate change into SRHR and FP, environmental management and agriculture. KYADNET registered its full contribution in the global agenda on Climate change that gave birth to the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN). Peniel Rwendeire, a program officer at Uganda Youth Network was elected as the national coordinator.
More so, various members of KYADNET organized and hosted key advocacy training and capacity building workshops. An example is the UYAHF capacity building training in budget advocacy held in November 2017, where representatives from several networks participated. To broaden reach of the training, UYONET scaled up the workshop to other networks in Kampala and other districts in Uganda.
Further still, UYAHF a held capacity building workshop on Smart advocacy. The training emphasized the importance and highlighted the different ways of utilizing the ‘Advocating for change for adolescent Tool kit’. Among the key learning points were, smart advocacy work and coordination through having an organized joint voice as youth advocates, meaningful engagement of adolescents and young people in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), accountability and finally developing an effective advocacy action road map.
Among other successful implementations, UYAHF established a “Youth Hub”, which avails free and safe space for young people to attain business and entrepreneurial skills. The hub further provides a recreational environment for young people, a platform to share correct SRHR information, referrals to service centers and provide psychosocial support for vulnerable and unprivileged youths.
As a way forward, the members reflected on tasks assigned that included inputting into place the KYADNET strategic plan 2018-2022 following the five thematic areas i.e. Advocacy, Leadership and governance, Environment sustainability, institutional development, and Youth empowerment. UYAHF was selected and is actively participating on the themes of the advocacy, youth empowerment, Institutional development, leadership and governance to showcase their planned interventions.
UYAHF continues mentor and share knowledge, winning tips and best practices with the KYADNET to not only ensure the realization of the network’s goals but also impact other member organizations positively and contribute to their growth. CSO’ continue to emulate the UYAHF approaches on reaching young people with not only SRHR tailored packages but also business and entrepreneurial skills, and recreational services.