Summit’s largest investment is GOJoven, a youth leadership program aimed at supporting the development of young leaders to act as catalysts for social change in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Its website features news about the program, profiles of GOJoven fellows, information about the four local country GOJoven organizations, an interactive map showing the origins and basic information on each fellow, and links to relevant sexual and reproductive health resources. For a brief overview of GOJoven and its 2012 External Evaluation, please visit our GOJoven page.
Through its online platform, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls brings together more than 30 international organizations that design, implement and evaluate programs that benefit adolescent girls throughout the developing world who are trapped in cycles of poverty. Since its inception in 2005, the Coalition’s members have come together, using their diverse perspectives and resources to influence and inform donors, policy-makers and other key decision-makers to create lasting change by addressing adolescent girls’ need for support and their potential to change the world. On its website, the Coalition hosts the Girls Count series of reports on the need for investing in girls.
This joint initiative between the International Center for Research on Women and the World Bank seeks to expand the global evidence base regarding the economic impacts of child marriage. The project’s website features extensive data collection and analysis on the economic costs of child marriage, including opportunity and financial costs, costs for health care systems, lost earnings, lower growth potential, and the perpetuation of poverty. By contributing to the global evidence base on the effects of child marriage, the project aims to catalyze more effective and evidence-based action to prevent this harmful practice.
Winner of both the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films and the Best Film Award at The Population Institute’s Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting, this 25-minute film features the efforts of indigenous women Ester Pop and Evelyn Roquel of Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions‘ (WINGS). The film depicts their continuing fight for reproductive rights in Guatemala, a country gripped by staggering poverty and the highest fertility rate in Latin America. Undeterred by Guatemala’s powerful religious organizations, conservative politicians, and a male-dominated culture that leaves women without a voice, Evelyn and Ester courageously travel the countryside on a journey to provide women with family planning education and access to contraceptive methods.
This trailer for the film PODER provides a snapshot of one success story of the Public Health Institute’s Let Girls Lead global initiative, which aims to amplify the power of girls to lead social change around the world through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, and storytelling. Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell, the short documentary-style film tells the powerful story of two young indigenous Guatemalan girl leaders who fought for a municipal office and financial resources to support adolescent girls’ development in their municipality. Summit has supported the local NGO that trained and worked with the young leaders through Let Girls Lead.
This powerful 12-minute short film, produced by a partnership between Summit grantee Population Action International and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, documents the challenges of addressing contraceptive access in Guatemala. Too often, women in Latin America go to a clinic for contraception, but they leave con las manos vacias — empty handed. When they return to the clinic, it will likely be for prenatal services.
The Population Council launched Abriendo Oportunidades in 2004, an initiative that connects and empowers Mayan girls in Guatemala and Belize. By training girl leaders to mentor and build the skills of their peers, Abriendo uses a participatory girl-driven approach to support and equip Mayan girls to stay in school, avoid child marriage, adolescent pregnancy and gender violence, and develop employment and life skills.
Nine GOJoven fellows participated in a 2010 digital storytelling workshop led by the Center for Digital Storytelling. The fellows created videos to share why they are committed to advancing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and then created story distribution plans to use the videos in their local communities, particularly to mobilize and inform other youth, and in their own and others’ advocacy work.
Esther currently coordinates public relations and advocacy for Asociacion Tan Ux’il, a community-based organization in Guatemala that focuses on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She was instrumental in Tan Ux’il’s collaboration with the National Hospital in San Benito, Petén to open a long-awaited adolescent health clinic.
The other videos created by GOJoven fellows from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico can be viewed here.
Center for Global Development
The Brookings Institution
Millions Learning: Scaling Up Quality Education in Developing Countries, 2016. This report presents research on where and how quality education interventions have scaled in low- and middle-income countries. Building on the report are 12 case studies, which provide in-depth profiles of the programs and policies explored in the report. One case study profiles the Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (SAT) approach to secondary education, which is implemented in several Latin American countries. SAT provides alternative education to youth in rural communities that emphasizes civic engagement, social justice, and girls’ empowerment in addition to academic skills. In Honduras, the Bayan Association is testing the use of SAT to lower child marriage/union rates, teen pregnancy and girls’ secondary school drop-out rates.
What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment, 2015. This book from the Center for Universal Education at Brookings presents hard-headed evidence on the importance of girls’ education and why and how improving the quality of education for girls around the world leads to wide-ranging returns, such as better economic outcomes, reduced rates of child marriage, and increased agricultural productivity.
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
Creating Spaces for Youth-Led Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: A Guatemalan Case Study, 2014. This report shares lessons learned about improving meaningful participation of youth in debates about adolescent and youth sexuality, gleaned from Guatemala’s first youth summit on ASRH, an event which marked an important benchmark for coordinated youth advocacy with political leaders on ASRH in the country.
Coalition for Adolescent Girls
Toolkit for Meaningful Adolescent Girl Engagement, 2015. Intended as a resource for practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, researchers, donors and governments, this toolkit describes how to strategically and meaningfully engage adolescent girls in the leadership and development of their communities, nations, and the world. This comprehensive resource will answer the why, how, and when related to safe and effective adolescent girl engagement.
Council on Foreign Relations
Child Marriage InfoGuide, 2014. This interactive guide examines the threat that child marriage poses both to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and to U.S. development and foreign policy interests. It features a video overview, insights and policy recommendations from experts, a map with data on child marriage prevalence and maternal mortality rates, and profiles of five countries where child marriage is common.
Additional reports from the Guttmacher Institute can be found here.
International Center for Research on Women
More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can End Child Marriage, 2014. This report shows how and why investing in girls is critical to the global movement to end child marriage, using results from case studies of girl-focused programs in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Egypt and India.
Additional publications from ICRW can be found here.
IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region
Evaluation of the Implementation of the Ministerial Declaration, “Preventing through Education”, 2014. This publication evaluates how Ministries of Health and Education in Latin America are implementing the Ministerial Declaration, “Preventing through Education,” which includes commitments to provide young people with access to comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly SRH services.
Beyond Barriers: Recommendations for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies and Programs in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, 2014. This report explores the ASRH context in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, providing case studies, research, and recommendations for addressing young people’s barriers to information and services.
The State of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Belize, 2014. A brief overview of the barriers to accessing SRH information and services in Belize.
Additional publications from IPPF/WHR can be found here.
It’s All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education, 2009. This two-book curriculum provides the essential elements for developing a rights-based, gender-sensitive, and participatory comprehensive sexuality education program.
Adolescent Health, April 2012. The Lancet published a second series on adolescent health to coincide with the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. It features four papers analyzing the importance of adolescent health, the social determinants of adolescent health, the potential of the worldwide application of effective prevention strategies, and the current availability of data on 25 suggested core indicators in all countries.
State of the World’s Fathers, 2015. This report, the first of its kind, provides a global overview of men’s contribution to parenting and caregiving. It is intended to provide a periodic, data-driven snapshot of four issues related to fatherhood: unpaid care work in the home; SRH and rights, and maternal, newborn and child health; men’s caregiving and violence against children and women; and child development.
MenCare in the Public Health Sector in Central America, 2015. This report describes the results of the work of MenCare partners ECPAT in Guatemala and Puntos de Encuentro and REDMAS in Nicaragua to promote men’s engagement in active fatherhood and maternal, newborn, and child health through their countries’ existing health systems.
Program P manual, 2013. Promundo in Brazil and the United States, CulturaSalud in Chile and REDMAS in Nicaragua developed a manual for engaged fatherhood called Program P (“P” for “padre” in Spanish). Program P is a gender-transformative curriculum to engage men as fathers during the maternal health period via the public health system. It is intended for use by health workers, social activists, nonprofit organizations, educators and other individuals and institutions.
Download Program P in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic here.
National Institutes of Health
Promoting the Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health of Adolescents and Youth, Youth Health and Rights Coalition, 2011.
Advancing Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in Developing Countries, 3 Billion Reasons Campaign, 2010.
New York Times
Child, Bride, Mother, 2015. In this interactive photo and video report, journalist Stephanie Sinclair documents child marriage in the villages of Guatemala, where around 53% of women age 20 to 24 are married before age 18, and 13% before age 15.
Public Health Institute/Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative
Economic Empowerment Strategies for Adolescent Girls, July 2013. This report investigates economic empowerment strategies for adolescent girls, identifies key findings from the field and shares recommendations to inform future program development for organizations and funders working in the area of adolescent girls’ economic empowerment.
United Nations Development Program
United Nations Foundation
A Roadmap for Economic Empowerment, 2013. This report examines proactive and proven economic empowerment strategies for women across four categories of employment – entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women’s employment.
United Nations Population Fund
World Health Organization
The World Bank provides evidence of the economic gains from investing in and empowering girls and women. Its 2012 World Development Report entitled Gender Equality and Development is available for download or purchase from their bookstore or as a free iPad app which includes a data portal. At 458 pages, it amasses arguments in favor, data and recommendations. A 2011 World Bank policy research paper is also instructive on the economic argument for investing in girls: Measuring the Economic Gain of Investing in Girls: The Girl Effect Dividend.
Learning from Practice Series: Selecting and Recruiting Adolescent Girls, 2013. This short handout published by the World Bank’s Adolescent Girl Initiative contains lessons learned from girl-friendly programs in the developing world.
Including Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 2013. This series of fact sheets explains the connections between SRH and development issues that are central to youth in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The resources listed above comprise a selection of relevant references, in some cases produced by our grantees. However, The Summit Foundation does not take credit for them, nor were we involved in their production.