Centre for Development and Population Activities
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Civil Rights, International, Women
Location: 1120 20th Street, NW Suite 720 Washington DC 20036 USA
CEDPA’s proven approach to development includes girls’ education and youth development programs that expand opportunities for youth to live healthy, productive lives. CEDPA engages parents, local leaders and religious institutions to build support for youth education, and particularly girls’ education. Working with community partners to provide girls with practical, non-formal education, CEDPA’s youth programs build practical life skills and develop leadership abilities to open up a world of opportunities for the future. Complementing our work with girls, CEDPA reaches out to boys providing them with the skills and training necessary to be partners with girls in making gender equality a reality.
CEDPA has developed an integrated and holistic approach to improving the lives of young people and has implemented it successfully in a range of countries and contexts. CEDPA’s Better Life Options and Opportunities Model incorporates life skills training for youth (particularly girls), institutional strengthening of implementing partners, community mobilization, and advocacy at the local level. The Better Life Options and Opportunities Model builds self-confidence and self-esteem in adolescents utilizing a comprehensive, participatory non-formal education and life skills curriculum, Choose a Future! Issues and Options for Adolescent Girls (and Boys). This curriculum began with a reproductive health focus and has grown to include modules on building healthy peer relationships, self-efficacy and self confidence, skills in decision-making and communication, gender-based violence, civic responsibility, and the environment. It was developed for facilitators to actively involve young people in creating their own solutions to situations they encounter at home, in their communities, and at school. The curriculum continues to be adapted as necessary so that it is country or region specific as well as age appropriate.Currently, CEDPA is implementing several education programs that employ the Better Life Options and Opportunities Model:· Better Life Options: Empowering Girls and Boys for Future Leadership in Nigeria · Towards a Better Future: Improving Educational and Health Outcomes for Girls in Southern Africa
· Improving Educational and Health Outcomes for Boys in Swaziland and Zambia
· UDAAN: Towards a Better Future (Jharkhand, India) and PAHEL: Towards Empowering Women (Bihar, India)
In each program, considerable attention and resources are devoted to adapting the curriculum to the local environment and to training local NGOs to implement them.
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There are now more than 5400 alumni of CEDPA's training and other programs in more than 100 countries (including the US). These alumni are now working at the community and national level to make a profound difference for women and children in their country, and to a person they tell us that they wouldn't be where they are without the leadership training CEDPA provided them. There are, in addition, tens of thousands of adolescent girls and boys who are leading safer and healthier lives as a result of CEDPA's unique BETTER LIFE OPTIONS programs, which have been implemented in Africa and South Asia. In terms of value for money, CEDPA is in a class by itself.
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I have seen the impact of CEDPA's work through participating in training programs held in DC and in meetings with women leaders around the world. CEDPA is much better known outside the US, where in almost any poorer country you can name, CEDPA is known for its quality leadership training and its commitment to women. In an international environment where women-focused organizations come and go, CEDPA has remarkable and somewhat unique staying power.
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I would build CEDPA's endowment so that it could reach even more adolescents and women, with less dependence on grant funding.
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I have known of this organization since its founding 35 years ago.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Building its unrestricted reserves so that it can provide more women with leadership training and more adolescents with information and training about healthy life options.
What is its top priority in the long run?
Improving women's health care and economic independence around the world
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