The Adolescent Programming Toolkit builds upon the great motivation, energy, innovation and capacity of adolescents and the agency of girls, supporting them to learn, lead, decide and thrive in crisis settings. The guidance and tools have been developed by and for Plan International staff working in emergencies and protracted crises based on programme evidence, numerous accounts of adolescents and good practices shared by frontline staff globally.
The toolkit promotes adolescent-responsive programming, which is the intentional design and implementation of actions that meet the gender and age-specific and diverse needs, priorities and capacities as identified by adolescents themselves, with special attention to girls and at-risk adolescents.
The toolkit can be used in various crisis settings, ranging from rapid onset emergencies to protracted crises and global pandemics. The guidance may be used for programming with younger (10-14 years) or older adolescents (15-19 years); girls, boys and adolescents with non-binary gender identities, adolescents who are in or out of school or working; married, unmarried, or young caregivers; living in camps, rural or urban settings. In other words: the content can be used across a wide variety of settings and with diverse groups of adolescents globally.
The guidance and tools have been designed for practitioners working directly with and for adolescents in crisis settings. However, they can also be used by staff working on emergency preparedness, business development and humanitarian policy, advocacy and research.
The Adolescent Programming Toolkit contains four chapters:
- Why we should invest in adolescents in crisis settings;
- Theory of Change to support adolescents to learn, lead, decide and thrive in crisis settings;
- Programmatic Framework which presents our results framework and key interventions;
- Step-by-step Guide for programming with and for adolescents in crisis settings, with key considerations for reaching and supporting adolescent girls.
This toolkit will be field-tested by Plan International throughout 2020 and 2021. Any feedback on the toolkit is welcome and can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org