In July 2021, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)” has allocated $73 653.89 to the Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption (CERC) to implement the “Youth Excel” project in Kinshasa.
Launched on July 19, 2021, in Kinshasa and implemented by the CENTRE DE RECHERCHE SUR L’ANTI-CORRUPTION with technical support from the SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND, Youth Excel is a 13-months Project that supports young leaders and youth-led and youth-serving organizations in Kinshasa to conduct quality implementation research; use data and learnings to improve their own cross-sectoral, positive youth development programs; synthesize data and learning; and engage in intergenerational dialogue with adult decision-makers so that together youth and adults can shape and advance data-informed development policies, agendas, and programs.
IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH is a mixed-methods approach to collecting data during program implementation to improve implementation. Implementation research helps teams learn how to adapt tested programs to new contexts, scale and achieve cost-effectiveness, and strengthen impact.
Youth Excel addresses USAID’s, IREX’s, and CERC shared imperative to empower young people to solve local, national, and global development challenges using data-driven and research-based approaches.
Youth Excel confronts barriers that youth face in leading development, including the lack of a broadly credible research and evidence base for youth programming and other obstacles that prevent youth from influencing decisions about policy and funding in their societies.
Youth Excel will build the global knowledge base on cross-sectoral youth development, support USAID’s Global LEAD initiative, expand USAID’s Youth Lead network, and advance USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance agenda on sustainable local development.
Diverse youth in Kinshasa create and lead data-informed, inclusive youth development at local, national, and global levels.
Youth-led and youth-serving programs strengthen their ability to gather and use evidence about their programs to strengthen and expand their impact.
Youth in Kinshasa disseminate learning from their implementation research efforts so that the evidence can inform programs and policies.
In Kinshasa, youth and adults use data as an inclusive intergenerational language to collaborate and inform decision-making.
Youth-led and place-based networks facilitate collaboration between crucial development stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society actors, to expand development impact.
SUPPORT YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS AND NETWORKS: Support youth-led and youth-serving organizations and youth-led, issue-based collaborative networks in Kinshasa to address local development issues through implementation research.
STRENGTHEN SKILLS: Build youth’s skills in digital leadership, data leadership, and advocacy.
BE INCLUSIVE: Prioritize gender and social inclusion and use power equity tools to ensure that every activity is inclusive.
SUPPORT IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH: Strengthen networks of youth researchers in Kinshasa to support implementation research activities.
STRENGTHEN INTERGENERATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: Work through issue-based collaborative networks and data summits to facilitate dialogue between youth and adults.
ENGAGE THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS: Build partnerships to support youth-led data and learning.
PROMOTE RESEARCH: Synthesize and disseminate youth’s evidence and learning.
SUPPORT ADVOCACY: Leverage youth-led research and adults’ support to influence development agendas and policies.
RESULTS ACHIEVED IN 2021
10 youth-led and youth-serving organizations, including 1 LGBTQI-led organization and 2 organizations led by People Living with Disability selected to form the Issue-Based Collaborative Network (ICON) in Kinshasa.
6 CERC staff members trained in Positive Youth Development, Implementation Research approach, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.
20 participants from 10 ICON participants organizations trained in Implementation Research approach and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.