Youth

Young women and adolescent girls account for a disproportionate number of new HIV infections. In 2016, new infections among young women aged 15–24 were 44 percent higher than young men their age. Women who experience gender-based violence face 50 percent greater risk of HIV infection. Globally, 7,500 young women acquire HIV every week.

In March, we told you the story of Lerato, who, after experiencing sexual violence, was caught in a web that restricted her access to comprehensive services because referral and case management systems were absent.

Group of primary school aged girls in Malawi smiling

Think back to the last time your work was coming to an end on a large-scale evaluation. Recall how you worked so hard to generate recommendations grounded in evidence and rigorous analysis? And how you all knew the evaluation was going to be useful to a broad audience? 

Twitter card showing sticky wall messages from EnCompass staff on International Women's Day

This post was originally published on www.InternationalWomensDay.com to demonstrate best practices in private sector commemoration of International Women's Day 2018 (#IWD2018). 

children hiding behind a loom

In support of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), EnCompass and Social Impact have partnered to complete a baseline assessment of the United States–Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, implemented in collaboration with national ministries. 

Fazel Rahim posing for International Women's Day, 2017

With just a few days until the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, we are pleased to feature insights from another EnCompass staff member who will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. Fazel Rahim is a Gender and Training Specialist based at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

Heran presenting to an audience

As we approach the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, several of our staff will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. To kick off this three-part series, we talked with Heran Tadesse, EnCompass’ Senior Gender Advisor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The author with a small child in Zambia

My first experience in international development was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in northern Zambia. During my two years as a health volunteer, I saw time and time again projects designed by “experts” in Washington, D.C., that failed in my small village. 

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In 2016 and 2017, EnCompass supported the USAID Performance Management and Support Program for Lebanon (PMSPL II) in conducting three education sector gender analyses across basic public education, higher education, and vocational training.

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Scant data exists on the prevalence of violence against children worldwide. However, available information shows that violence against children is a global problem. This desktop study aims to glean from published and grey literature the extent of sexual violence and exploitation against children in Lesotho. The goal of this study is to better understand the government of Lesotho's national response efforts to reduce violence against children.

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Research shows that early childhood development (ECD) is critical to both mental and physical health later in life. However, programming targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is almost exclusively focused on school-aged OVC, and only rarely are very young children included in program activities. This technical brief, aimed at program planners and implementers, highlights the benefits of ECD interventions and outlines essential elements of ECD programming targeted towards OVC.

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