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These Safeguard Young People best practices have been implemented for periods varying between three and six years. With a clear description of strategies selected, lessons learned, what worked and what didn’t work, the step-by-step implementation processes documented here allow these best practices to be scaled up in different settings.

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Youth Enterprise Model: No Wealth Without Health

UNFPA’s Youth Enterprise Model (YEM) project in Uganda creates opportunities and spaces for young people to acquire the skills needed for business and work, together with the information needed to make safe, responsible decisions related to their sexual and reproductive health. In 2018, an evaluation assessed the effectiveness, efficiency, impact, relevance, and sustainability of YEM during its five years of operation. This publication summarizes the findings.

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Kingdom of Eswatini: Facts and Prospects

Classified as a Lower Middle-Income Country, Eswatini is placed in the orange quadrant mode of engagement of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), suggesting multiple socioeconomic development inequalities with significant potential to limit the long-term economic aspirations of the country.

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Republic of South Africa: Facts and Prospects

The Republic of South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th largest country in the world by land area. Classified as an Upper Middle-Income Country, South Africa falls in the yellow quadrant mode of engagement, underlined by appreciable economic growth and gaps of inequality requiring concerted actions.

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Republic of Seychelles: Facts and Prospects

The Republic of Seychelles has no indigenous population, with the current population comprising immigrant generations. Seychelles enjoys a stable political system with good public sector governance. It ranked second with a score of 73.4 in the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

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Kingdom of Lesotho: Facts and Prospects

Classified as a Lower-Middle-Income Country, the Kingdom of Lesotho is geographically surrounded by South Africa. In line with recommendations made by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Government of Lesotho is currently undertaking key Constitutional and Security Reforms.

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Facts and Prospects: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights 2019

This series presents a trend analysis of selected indicators related to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action among Southern African UMICs, including a comparison with selected UMICs and HICs from other parts of the world, with a view to identifying opportunities for improvement.

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Republic of Botswana: Facts and Prospects

One of the world’s poorest countries at independence in 1966, Botswana rapidly transformed into an upper middle-income country, enabled by significant mineral wealth, good governance, prudent economic management, and a relatively small population. However, the country is still characterized by development inequalities.

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Regional Report: Assessment of Adolescents and Youth-Friendly Health Service Delivery: East and Southern Africa

The Assessment of Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Health Services in the East and Southern Africa Region (2015-2017) was undertaken with the purpose of conducting a review of existing adolescent and youth-friendly health services (AYFHS) policies, guidelines, protocols and standards, and assessing how they are implemented in 23 countries of the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region.

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Republic of Namibia: Facts and Prospects

The Republic of Namibia1 is largely a desert with a stretched coastline along the South Atlantic. The country’s natural mineral riches, political stability and sound economic management have made it an Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC). However, its UMIC status has not yet translated into job creation and prosperity for all. Extreme socioeconomic inequalities still prevail in the country.

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