The African Youth Alliance (AYA) was launched by Pathfinder, PATH, and UNFPA in the fall of 2000. AYA sought to improve overall adolescent sexual and reproductive health and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections in four African countries – Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. AYA was funded with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered through the U.S. Committee for the UNFPA. Pathfinder’s contribution in each of the AYA countries was the development and expansion of youth-friendly services and institutional capacity building.
AYA achieved the following results in Botswana:
- All of the sampled organizations showed improvements in financial management and MIS, while two organizations reported gains in proposal development. Almost all of the organizations reported having made at least minor changes to their program and financial reporting as a result of the assistance received by AYA. In fact, several of the organizations adopted the formats across the organization and have been recognized by other donors for their strength in these areas.
- The organizations identified few challenges to implementing institutional capacity building. Several did note that the multiple reporting forms in the beginning of the project caused confusion and others were unable to adopt the AYA reporting forms across the organization.