3.4 Integrated Programming

Researchers and practitioners in the YEO field continue to identify important linkages between girls’ reproductive and sexual health and their economic standing. At the 2012 GYEOC, FHI 360 articulated these linkages, discussing how economic disparity is both a cause and a consequence of negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes.  Girls with low socio-economic standing (SES) are at risk of intergenerational relationships, early marriage, transactional sex, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. While not all of these risks are unique to girls with low SES, they may have fewer assets to protect themselves. Negative health outcomes also cause economic disparity. For example, girls who become pregnant are more likely to leave school early, bear more children at shorter intervals, and have a lower income throughout their lifetime. In addition, HIV infection can lead to: possible cognitive impairment with long-term ARV use, inability to work because of illness, social stigma which can affect the ability to find and keep work, and increased vulnerability among females due to the informal nature of work.

New Tools: FHI 360 and USAID’s Inter-Agency Youth Working Group Share Resources for Girls’ Programming

The Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG) provides global technical leadership to advance the reproductive health and HIV/AIDS outcomes of young people, ages 10 to 24, in developing countries by:

  • Sharing research and programmatic results and lessons on youth reproductive health and HIV/AIDS with youth health and development communities
  • Promoting strategies that move promising research findings and best practices into programs and policies
  • Advocating for greater focus on youth within reproductive health and HIV programs

The IYWG was formed in 2007 as a network of nongovernmental agencies, donors, and cooperating agencies with an interest in improving the sexual and reproductive health of young people. FHI 360 manages the technical content for IYWG. A few highlights to look for in 2013 include:

  • YouthLens brief on the intersection of economic empowerment and youth sexual and reproductive health
  • E-forum discussion on multi-sectoral programs for youth
  • New topic pages on IYWG.org (e.g., livelihoods, conditional cash transfers)

For more information, see http://iywg.org/