In partnership with The Pact, ALTERNATIVES was able to score the country performance to advocate for improvement on area with underperformance towards a better laws and policies, health outcomes partnership, and meaningful participation of Adolescents and Youth in leadership and policy forum, the Integration across several networks working around SRHR at national level has also enabled ALTERNATIVES to engage stakeholders in policy advocacy on access to self-testing for young people and the age of consent for access to HIV testing.
The Leading Change program aims to build the capacity of vulnerable girls and boys aged 18-24 to develop policies and programs that respond to the needs and realities of Malagasy youth and adolescent girls. The program provides participants with a platform for the exchange of best practices, interaction and discussion with resource persons, access to resources and contacts that are often inaccessible on the ground, the program is spread over a period of 3 months and provides skills in leadership and personal development, micro-project creation and professional insertion, Sexual and Reproductive Health, fight against stigma and discrimination, digital communication, and advocacy.
The “URBAN YOUTH CORPS” program reflects to the model of foreign volunteer program where young people from the capital city are given the opportunity to gain professional experience through volunteering. The program aims to optimise the skills and knowledge of young volunteers in the service of the vulnerable population, particularly in solving social problems.
The “ESPOIR 2.0” program consists of engaging young female sex workers who wish to become financially independent and resilient through the creation of decent jobs. The program strengthens ALTERNATIVES’ initiatives in the promotion and development of young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as an alternative to HIV. It integrates training on feminist leadership, SRHR, the creation of sustainable micro-enterprises, the establishment of a “village saving and loans association” to support the implementation of projects at local level.