AGYW Learning Collaborative

AGYW Resource Guide: A Toolkit for Implementers Working to Advance Young Women's and Girls' HIV Prevention

This toolkit field test guide is intended for national programme managers, decision makers, prevention advocates and other implementers who seek guidance and tools to improve the HIV prevention response at the community, national and regional level.

The toolkit:

  • Describes key gaps in HIV prevention programming for girls and young women, and elements of state-of-the-art programming to address these;
  • Provides tools and resources from cutting-edge prevention science that address the key gaps in prevention programming for girls and young women;
  • Consolidates new directions from novel and innovative programming for girls and young women.

The toolkit consists of nine modules that each contain a discussion of the content area, descriptions and links to tools that can be adapted for programming use, links to country programmes using tools in the module, and case studies for the following areas:

  1. Stewardship and planning
  2. Strategic information
  3. Programme scale-up for population-level impact
  4. Girl-centred design
  5. Market shaping and innovation
  6. Changing gender norms
  7. Institutionalizing multi-layered prevention for young women and girls
  8. Engaging men and boys
  9. Building supportive legal, policy and institutional environments 

Assessing the Vulnerability and Risks of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Review of the Tools in Use

This regional report aims to strengthen risk-informed programming and facilitate scale up of simple and effective tools to identify and reach those adolescent girls and young women who are most in need of services and support. All the available tools included in the review are linked in the annexes and included in UNICEF's AGYW Programming and Implementation Repository. 


Actions for improved clinical and prevention services: Preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among women and girls using contraceptive services in contexts with high HIV incidence

This programmatic brief explores how to expand HIV and STI prevention and contraceptive method options in contraceptive services and, thus, to reduce HIV and STI incidence among adolescent girls and women. It focuses on settings with extremely high HIV prevalence and incidence. The brief complements existing guidance on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), amplifies calls for action and outlines more comprehensive approaches to integration of SRHR and HIV services. It also emphasizes the importance of SRHR for women living with HIV. It aligns with updated WHO recommendations for contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV and other HIV guidance for adolescent girls and young women.

This brief is for national programme leaders, experts and members of national working groups on HIV and STI prevention in the context of contraceptive services. It is primarily relevant in settings with very high HIV prevalence in East and Southern Africa, in other high HIV prevalence settings in sub-Saharan Africa and for women from key populations in other regions. At the same time, it proposes differentiated strategies for settings with low, medium, high and extremely high HIV prevalence among women.

International Technical and Programmatic Guidance on Out-of-School Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with collaborating partners from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), have developed this guidance to build upon and complement the UN International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (ITGSE). It offers more in-depth programmatic guidance on how to develop CSE programmes that are appropriate and safe for different groups of children and young people, especially those who are unlikely to be addressed in CSE programmes for children and young people generally.

Available in English and Spanish.

AGYW Programming & Implementation Repository

The AGYW Programming & Implementation Repository contains resources relevant to AGYW programming that have been collated to support enhanced implementation and programming of Global Fund Catalytic Funding for HIV prevention among AGYW in Eastern and Southern Africa. Developed in collaboration with Global Fund in response to an identified need from the SEA sub-region, we are confident that you will all find the repository useful in your support of national AGYW programmes.

The repository is housed on Google Drive and is accessible without a Gmail account. The resources are organized in folders by key programming area and are easily searchable through a google sheet. Powerpoint slides have also been developed to help you navigate through the repository.

The spreadsheet and slideshow are available for download above.

Reflection from young women delegates in ICASA 2019

From rhetoric to action: Reflection from young women delegates who participated in ICASA 2019

5 February 2020

The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is a major international AIDS conference which takes place every two years in Africa. The 2019 ICASA was held between 4 and 7 December in Rwanda, bringing together over 10,000 delegates from nearly 150 countries to shape policy, research and advocacy direction in the lead up to the UNAIDS global 90-90-90 targets in 2020.

Driving Change with Data: Analysing the HIV Epidemic

Demographic change and HIV epidemic projections for adolescents and young people

By 2050, the population of adolescents and young people aged 15–24 is expected to increase by 10 per cent globally and to more than double in sub-Saharan Africa. The relationship between this demographic change and the course of the HIV epidemic among young people from 2010 to 2050 was the subject of an analysis published in Global Health Action (Sept. 2019).

Journal Publication: Khalifa A., Stover K., Mahy M., Idele P., Porth T., & Lwamba C. 2019. Demographic change and HIV epidemic projections to 2050 for adolescents and young people aged 15-24,  Global Health Action, 12 (1), doi:  10.1080/16549716.2019.1662685.

AGYW Webinar 1 - FOR GIRLS BY GIRLS: Lessons learned from girl-led initiatives


FOR GIRLS BY GIRLS: Lessons learned from girl-led initiatives on HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence

Thursday, 31 October 2019

The session provides:

• Examples of effective strategies for engaging with diverse groups of adolescent girls and young women on HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV);