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Best Practices: ASRH Knowledge - Launching of Thematic Topics

Introduction of Thematic Topics’ development

7 Thematic topics (namely Peer education, Community level advocacy , Youth-friendly services, Counseling—both confidential and peer, Youth Centers , Youth participation, Capacity building) have been identified as key topics for the Rhiya in order to have a shared knowledge and strategy to address these topics and propose better practices.

In order to regionally more lively interact on these topics, here is the proposed agenda:

  • Process
  1.  Identify members (by 31 st of March 2005)
    For the first 3 topics (Peer Education, YFS and Advocacy) UPSUs in collaboration with local NGOs (Executing Agencies) will have to identify the active members, the moderator, Internal and External experts, Observers. Please refer to paragraph 2 in order to understand all roles played by the actors and report all actors of each topic in the matrix put as last paragraph of this message. Topics 4 & 5 (Counseling, Youth Centre) will start three months after the first three (15th of June). Last 2 topics (Youth Participation, Capacity Building) will start on 15th of September.

  2. Basic questions on the subject (6 months starting on 15th of March for the first 3 topics)
    Each Thematic Working Group when formed will start by answering the 7 following basic questions: (Youth Friendly Services taken as an example, these questions have been posted and can be viewed at: http://www.asia-initiative.org/Xchanges/forum.html )

    What do you understand by YFS ?
    Why use YFS ?
    How do you establish Youth Friendly Services ?
    What has been done in your country regarding YFS ?
    What are the main obstacles encountered establishing/maintaining YFS ?
    What are the methods used to ensure quality of YFS ?
    What solutions could be proposed?

    The answers will take into account existing literature/expert analysis on the subject (like UNFPA Youth-Friendly Service Programme Guidance), provide a common RHIYA answer to those 7 questions. While answering to those questions, link them to external resources & new publications in the field.

  3. Better practices
    PTRS Lessons Learned will be automatically submitted to the relevant Thematic Working Group in order to be able to publish Better Practices once a year per topic.

  4. (Future) work for members Review publications on the topic/evaluate publication, IEC material.
    Answer to any RHIYA/outside RHIYA question on the subject

  5. In parallel done by UPSUs M&E: Adapt existing core indicator in the PTRS
    In order also to officially monitor the work done, there will be a core indicatorin every NGO log frame in order for them to report on TT’s work.
    Example for UPSU in Viet Nam , in charge of Youth Participation, activity 5.1 will be:
    Thematic Topic Working Group on Youth Participation set-up and active. All seven key questions on Youth Participation have been exploded by the working group. Review of relevant publications and potential application in RHIYA context.
    Output 5.4 will be:
    At least one article on better practices relating to Youth Participation has been written up and published on the RHIYA public website.
    For an NGO in Nepal working in the same Thematic Topic, activity will be
    Contribution to the Thematic Topic Working Group on Youth Participation by helping answer the seven key questions on Youth Participation and review of relevant publications.
    Output will be:
    Contribute to the written up of one article on better practices relating to Youth Participation  

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