This Strategic Planning Guide is intended to lead program managers, planners, and decision makers through a strategic process to meaningfully and effectively engage and partner with adolescents, youth, and/or youth-led organizations on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs and initiatives. Meaningful adolescent and youth engagement and partnership is a right for adolescents and youth and can improve the quality and responsiveness of SRH programs and policies, in turn leading to improved development outcomes.
Our training materials can be used to introduce a broad range of audiences and backgrounds to important concepts related to gender and health. Each training course focuses on one of five themes that complement the CORE Gender 101 agenda: Gender Integration, HIV + Sexuality, Safe Motherhood, Gender-Based Violence, and Constructive Male Engagement. The courses are designed to meet the geographic and technical needs of cooperating agencies, USAID Missions, and specific projects. Materials range from basics such as using a shared gender vocabulary and programmatic guidance, to user guides on how to conduct a gender analysis, to exercises for gender trainings. The trainings are geared to be used by anyone and with any audience, even those learning about gender for the first time!
Our popular Gender Integration Continuum framework is an important tool to assess how programs do (or do not) address gender and move them toward more gender-transformative actions. An updated User’s Guide for facilitating training on use of the continuum is available, along with other materials.
A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and Periods, a book and short video series, was produced by adolescent health experts at Columbia University in collaboration with Grow & Know. The series provides girls with practical advice, answers to common questions, and real puberty stories from girls across the USA. Tackling everything from body odor to big feelings to periods, these resources are designed for girls ages 9-14 for factual guidance on the physical and emotional changes of puberty.
This document is intended to guide program managers, planners, and decision makers in identifying inequities in family planning and interventions to reduce them. The guide was developed through consultation and deliberation with technical experts in family planning and health equity and builds upon the discussion paper on equity in family planning.
This resource aims to inform organizations managing Safe Spaces in the development of gender transformative approaches that not only address the immediate needs of women and girls, but whose impact also extends to shift the preconceptions, stereotypes, and norms that inhibit the evolution of gender dynamics, particularly in communities with deeply ingrained patriarchal attitudes.
The Social Norms Atlas provides a broad introduction to social norms concepts, illustrative examples of social norms, behaviors, and attitudes in 10 sectors, and a cross-sector analysis highlighting meta-norms that cut across different sectors. The Atlas is written for program planners, implementers, evaluators, and researchers interested in building their social norms vocabulary, knowledge, and understanding.