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New award and consortium to advance global youth development

April 22, 2015

With 1.8 billion young people in the world accounting for nearly one-third of the world’s population, improving the quality and quantity of comprehensive youth services is critical to addressing larger development goals.

FHI 360 has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as one of six awardees for its YouthPower: Implementation Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ) to implement and scale up sustainable youth programs, the purpose of which is to encourage innovative and integrated approaches to youth development. FHI 360 was also awarded the first YouthPower: Implementation IDIQ Task Order under a five-year contract to provide technical assistance and implementation in support of USAID missions and operating units across USAID priority sectors. The task order will also contribute to key presidential initiatives, including the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

“YouthPower provides a unique opportunity to build the capacity of local organizations and create systemic and comprehensive youth programming,” said Nadra Franklin, Director for Social and Economic Development at FHI 360. “We are committed to engaging youth in all aspects of our work. With tremendous energy, creativity and innovation, youth can be at the forefront of positive change in their communities.”

To provide USAID with diverse expertise, FHI 360 created a coalition of innovative, youth-focused organizations at the cutting-edge of youth development, including technical partners with expertise in health, education, economic growth, technology, media, communications and workforce development, as well as leading organizations that serve youth across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The consortium is comprised of Management Systems International; Restless Development; TechnoServe; Aga Khan Development Network; Youth Business International; Marie Stopes International; Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University; NCBA CLUSA; INJAZ Al-Arab; Stepping Stones International; The Trust for the Americas; Inveneo; Connexus Corporation; World University Service of Canada; LTG Associates, Inc.; Duggleby and Associates, Inc.; Block by Block Consulting; O’Brien and Associates International; BBC Media Action; and International Media Solutions LLC.

YouthPower is a USAID project to implement USAID’s Youth in Development Policy that engages youth in development efforts, builds the capacity of youth-serving and youth-led organizations and builds cross-sectoral approaches to create positive youth outcomes.