To strengthen leadership for youth grassroot structures to respond to emerging SRHR issues
The RAHU SRHR Youth Fund aims to empower young people to realise their sexual and reproductive rights. We support grassroots and youth led community based organizations (CBOs) that advocate for and promote better sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The RAHU SRHR Youth Fund was launched in 2015 to provide support to community-based groups working in selected districts of Uganda where the needs are greatest. The first year the fund worked in East Central and Western Uganda districts of Jinja, Wakiso, Mpigi and Mbarara to empower male and female youth aged 12-24 years to access the necessary services they need to make informed and healthy SRHR choices.
In the second year, the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund is scaling up to an additional 2 districts (Jinja and Iganga) in the South West and Eastern parts of the country respectively.
About the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund
In partnership with DoubleLoop, and financial support from CORDAID, Reach A Hand, Uganda established the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund, in a bid to promote a more youth-centric approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The fund partners with and builds the capacity of grassroot youth led community based organizations (CBOs) who are already working with youth, to elevate their work. The maximum fund for a CBO is € 10,000 (around 30,000,000 UGX).
RAHU SRHR Youth Fund team works extensively with the CBO partners to solidify their resources and expand their impact and reach at community and sub-county level; to improve their technical, management and financial structures to better provide quality SRHR services to the young people. The project targeted youth aged 12-24 years with up to 50% of the target youth being adolescent girls.
The Fund’s Theory of Change
The fund provides youth-led CBOs with technical SRHR capacity building and a small grant to empower young people to address the SRHR and life skills needs of their peers. As the CBO manages and implements the funded work, the organisation and young people involved, develop leadership skills and become visible within their community’s development.
- Objectives of the Fund
- Our 2016 selection criteria
- Why you should apply
- Apply now
- To provide grants to youth-led CBOs (sub-grantees) in Mpigi, Jinja, Wakiso and Mbarara in year one (2015) and Jinja and Iganga in year two (2016) to enable them to respond to the SRHR information needs of young people in their locality.
- To develop organizational capacity of youth-led CBOs to sustain their SRHR activities beyond the life of the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund.
- To assist the youth-led CBOs through the technical SRHR capacity building processes to attain transferrable knowledge and skills to 5-10 youth groups in their communities.
For a CBO to be eligible to apply for the 2016 grant from the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund they will need to represent following minimum requirements:
- Registered Community Based Organization (CBO).
- Entirely led by young people (under the age of 30 years).
- Organisation must have been established for at least two years
- Based in the districts of Jinja or Iganga.
- Organisation must be working in the area of SRHR and HIV/AIDS, with activities that promote the inclusion of youth people in advocating for access to youth friendly services and HIV/AIDS awareness
- Educate and/or give out responsible and accurate information about Sexual and Reproductive Health and the associated Rights (SRHR issues) targeted at young people in their communities
- Activities should demonstrate innovative and creative approaches in addressing young people’s SRHR issues.
- Reflect and honour the societal norms of the community in which they operate this including religion, culture, and tradition.
- The Organisation must have a physical office space in the community (district) they operate in.
- Demonstration of previous experience in managing projects of a similar size and scope.
- Your CBO has been conducting SRHR sensitization outreaches and is willing to scale them up to include at least 5 youth groups with information on topics such as teenage pregnancy, myths and misconceptions around condom use, cross-generational sex, transactional sex, HIV and STIs and gender and equality and referrals and linkages to health, education and care support programs.
- Your CBO has the ability and capacity to train 40 youth group members as SRHR community volunteers who will in turn increase community and household level knowledge, encourage discussions amongst youth and adults on SRHR and link their peers to SRHR support services.
- Have the human resource attend a comprehensive training on organisational development, financial management and Monitoring and Evaluation of SRHR interventions