Navigating Adolescence – Lessons on ASRHR: Partnerships with Faith Actors

Perspectives Shared at a Side-event at the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning

This brief describes the emerging landscape for faith-secular partnerships to advance ASRH; identifies key challenges and opportunities; describes promising initiatives; provides tips on how to start such partnerships and how to expand them. It provides key lessons from experience and details actionable recommendations gathered through facilitated group discussions in November 2022 at the International Conference on Family Planning. Key policy recommendations include: (1) Those concerned about ASRHR should redouble their efforts to support collaboration among faith actors, community leaders, and politicians to mobilize for better understanding and access to sexuality education; (2) Donors and policy makers need to find better ways to support this work, such as providing longer-term funding, as building the needed relationships requires time.