A Mid-Term Review of the joint Programme has been conducted in April, 2016. The main objective of the review is to ascertain results (accountability), fill knowledge gaps, provide lessons learnt and suggest recommendations on how to enhance the development effectiveness of the JP Rights-based Approach to Adolescent and Youth Development response at the country level.18 participants drawn from the Norwegain Embassy, UNICEF and UNFPA attended the presentation from the review team.
The review findings were overall positive, with several success stories included. It was reported that:
· Previous recommendations are addressed
· Activities are implemented according to plan
· Some results and outcomes are observable
Some of the achivements include:
· Key policy changes
· Attitude change
· Reduced vulnerability to HIV
Moreover, the review team identified several tracer projects, that provide valuable lessons and methods that can be scaled up. Among those good examples were the Developmental Bible used by the Ethiopian Ortodox Church and the Africa AIDS Initiative for Disabled students at Addis Ababa University.
The following were also highlighted as good practices:
· Establishment of “Dignity Rooms”(separate room and toilet with all sanitary supplies for girls in schools), that contributed to improved girls’ school attendance
· The “Big Sisters” programme at Hawassa Univeristy where some girls are mentors/role models for other students
· Computer rooms for disabled students
· Shift in IGA start up capital from grant to revolving fund improves sustainability, probably improves targeting in that motivated individuals participate
The programme has a rights based approach to health; youth are capacitated to know that access to services is a right, not a privilege, so that they can claim it – “Leaving no-one behind”. The review found that the program reaches vulnerable, marginalized and most at risk youth, but recommendations were that more boys and men should be involved.