The Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment (CMYE) Group has been established in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability, the UC Global Health Institute’s Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise, and UC Berkeley School of Law Human Rights Center.
The majority of young people live in developing countries, and the 10 countries with the youngest populations are found in sub-Saharan Africa. Investments made in youth to promote healthy transitions to adulthood are critical to both health and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Meeting the reproductive health needs of youth is paramount to success, their ability to make healthy and informed decisions about childbearing and birth spacing now will yield high returns in the region. Our research findings support existing literature that calls for a reorientation of family planning policies and programs, especially improved access to modern contraceptive methods among African youth.
Our policy development initiative, the Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group, focuses on collaborating with government, NGO’s, civil society groups and other stakeholders to improve reproductive health policies and programs to address youth needs. In many instances, we generate evidence, synthesize and facilitate policy decisions making. Examples of programs exist in Angola(link is external), Mozambique,(link is external) Ethiopia(link is external), Kenya(link is external), Rwanda.