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Utilizing a Three-Step Process to Remove Barriers to Youth Behavior Change

Since January 2017, the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project has implemented the Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced-Family Planning (RISE-FP) intervention to strengthen institutions, increase sustainable wellbeing, and improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable Sahelian communities. 

In 80 rural villages, young people led behavior change activities using Pathfinder International’s Pathways to Change game to (1) promote healthy behaviors and gender equality; (2) identify and collect data on barriers and facilitators to change in gender dynamics, knowledge, and use of services for family planning and reproductive health; and (3) develop and implement community workplans to combat these barriers. Learn more about the Pathways to Change Cycle.


All films are in French with English subtitles.

E2A released three films, used as part of a comprehensive approach to behavior change implemented by the project’s University Leadership for Change initiative, demonstrating how narrative can be used in an effort to change sexual and reproductive health behaviors by sparking reflection, dialogue, and action.

  • Binta’s Dilemma presents how university students in Niger confront culturally controversial topics, including contraception, unintended pregnancy, and the societal pressures on young women to bear children once they are married. It is meant to help young people, especially students, reflect on and react to these topics.
  • Whose Norms focuses on the barriers young people face from service providers and the barriers that service providers confront when offering contraceptive services to young people. It seeks to help service providers in Niger offer quality youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Hadjo’s Dreams highlights the issue of child marriage. It aims to encourage reflection by communities about ways that child marriage can be prevented and how the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls can be improved.

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