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India has its largest ever adolescent and youth population. According to UNFPA projections, India will continue to have one of the youngest populations in the world till 2030. India is experiencing a demographic window of opportunity, a “youth bulge” that will last till 2025. India’s youth face several development challenges, including access to education, gainful employment, gender inequality, child marriage, youth- friendly health services and adolescent pregnancy.  Yet, with investments in their participation and leadership, young people can transform the social and economic fortunes of the country.

Making a Difference! 

UNFPA works with the government and partners to:

Advocate for adolescents and youth’s rights and investments
Including their education, livelihood skills and health, including sexual and reproductive health; generate data to identify the vulnerable; create partnerships with central and state governments, UN agencies, young people, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders
Support life skills education through schools and other educational institutions
To empower adolescents with accurate, age-specific and culturally relevant information on SRH issues, promote healthy attitudes and develop skills to enable them to respond to real life situations in positive and responsible ways
Support delivery of integrated package of SRH information and services
Including contraceptives for adolescents, and services to reach out to the most vulnerable, married and non-married adolescents and youth
Reach adolescent girls who are at risk
Including child marriage, not in school and/or already married with programs that build their social, economic and health assets
Invest in youth leadership and participation
Create youth spaces in decision-making, support youth-led organisation, engage youth from diverse backgrounds

UNFPA India Milestones and Achievements

  • Technical support for Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) : A total of 30 batches of trainings of the district level trainings across the 6 National Training Partners (NTPs) were conducted
  • UNFPA collaborated with the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Rural Development Institute for training counsellors. A total of 5 national level TOTs were conducted covering 159 trainers
  • As an effective communication strategy , a mobile App called ‘Saathiya’, was launched in the state of MP, for Android users
  • UNFPA, along with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), set up a Centre of Excellence (COE) on Adolescents and Youth in 2015 with the aim of supporting innovations, access to information and sharing of knowledge at all levels
  • Under the Odisha State Youth Policy 2013, the Active citizenship programme covered 150 colleges and 60 slums through UNFPA support and the programme was scaled up to 2,000 colleges by the state government with the budget commitment of USD 600,000. Programme management support cost for the Work Plan continued during 2015 on 50% cost sharing basis with the state government.
  • Under the Changelooms youth leadership programme, in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, “My Space - My UnManifesto Campaign” partnered with a coalition of over 45 civil society organizations across 20 states, reached 1.2 lakh young people and received 1.5 lakh impressions online.
  • UNFPA has been supporting 1860 Teen clubs in 10 districts across 5 states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan under the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) project being implemented through the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and has reached 50,000 adolescent boys and girls
  • In 2015-16, UNFPA partnered with Population Foundation of India (PFI) to leverage a popular television edutainment serial to promote RKSK peer educators. This has helped evolve a new league of adolescent health peer educators, called Saathiya.
  • The Action for Adolescent Girls (AAG) Initiative is implemented in 611 villages of Udaipur district. It has reached out to 7,675 girls in 2014 and 13,000 girls during 2015. In Gajapati, the project covers 211 villages of 19 Gram Panchayats & reaches out to over 3,000 tribal adolescent girls.
  • The Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) reaches out to 1120 Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools and 585 Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti schools, overall 6,80,000 adolescents in the age group of 14-16 years
  • A joint campaign with Government of Rajasthan & UNICEF called ‘Saajha Abhiyan’ with an objective to create a “Child Marriage Free” Rajasthan has been launched at district level on October 25th, 2016