The goal of the UKRI GCRF Accelerate Hub is to generate evidence that empowers and supports African adolescents to thrive across multiple Sustainable Development Goals. Since inception in February 2019, the Hub has achieved immediate ODA impacts, and worked towards longer-term policy and programming goals.
In this Year 1 report, Hub partners summarise highlights of adolescent input, early impacts, capacity-sharing and policy partnerships achieved in the first year of the Hub. These include:
- In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Hub led a rapid collaboration between five agencies: the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, USAID and the CDC, to develop evidence-based resources for parents during the COVID-19 lockdown. These use robust evidence from a series of randomised controlled trials in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, conducted by the Hub’s Parenting for Lifelong Health team
- A range of early impacts including the merging of two adolescent interventions: a parenting programme to reduce violence and substance use and improve family budgeting, and a sexual violence prevention programme rolled out in 3 countries; a demonstration of concept paper published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health; a project with WHO and Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children involving the merging of datasets to analyse violence accelerators (paper forthcoming).
- Active hosting of adolescent engagement activities in multiple African countries, which have included Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa to date
- A wide range of capacity building and partnership development actitivies.
Look out for more highlights from the report shared via @accelerate_hub