Restless Development has been selected to be the Country lead for the implementation of ACT 2015 phase 2 in Zambia. ACT 2015: one goal – many voices is a movement building initiative that aims to secure a post 2015 development framework that advances the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV response for young people. ACT 2015 also aims to inspire action on the priorities of the youth constituency within national AIDS responses.
ACT 2015 is a collaboration between the PACT and UNAIDS, and is implemented with the guidance of the UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum.
Restless Development was selected by UNAIDS and the PACT to lead national level implementation of phase 2 ACT 2015 in Zambia which runs between July and December 2014.
On 10th and 11th July 2014, Restless Development convened a strategy planning meeting with youth targeting organisations to build a national youth alliance to strengthen advocacy action on the ACT 2015. 10 youth targeting organisations have been indentified and invited to be part of the national youth alliance.
The two day meeting focused on orienting the partner organisations to the ACT 2015 Campaign concept as well as to develop a roadmap that will guide the alliance’s advocacy activities over the next 6 months and beyond.
The meeting further saw the formation of a policy monitoring Technical Working Group (TWG) that will sustainably work towards holding policy makers to account on policy response with regards to SRHR and HIV for Young people. The TWG will be functional beyond the ACT 2015 campaign in Zambia to ensure effective implementation of SRHR and HIV policies and strategies targeting young people.
Over the next few weeks, the national youth alliance will hold follow up meetings to consolidate its work on the advocacy roadmap and immediately roll out its implementation from August onwards.