The African Youth Alliance (AYA) was launched by Pathfinder, PATH, and UNFPA in the fall of 2000. AYA was funded with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered through the U.S. Committee for the UNFPA. 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.
The main beneficiaries for the project were young people between the ages of 10 and 24, with an emphasis on 10-19 year olds. The secondary targets included teachers, health workers, social workers and parents. In addition, the tertiary target group included religious leaders, the media, politicians, and policy makers. The latter group was crucial for creating a supportive environment for the project.