Supported by Bayer AG

NextGen Catalyst Initiative

Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders in Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The NextGen Catalyst Initiative aims to ensure harmonized efforts to develop and leverage emerging family planning leaders across the world to accelerate the transformation of FP & SRHR program implementation, research and advocacy agendas, as well as scale-up high-impact solutions worldwide.

 

We believe that a successful future for FP & SRHR work greatly depends on how well current leaders, organizations, and institutions build on the previous foundational achievements by past transformational trailblazers in the field.  We must prepare the next generation of family planning leaders to launch bold, new ideas and chart an innovative course of action which pushes beyond our current imagination to keep FP & SRHR on the global agenda.

 

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The NextGen Catalyst Initiative is poised to broaden the reach of the meaningful work started with the 120 under 40: New Generation of Family Planning Champions program and chart a new path for a youth program of action in order to continue to have transformational impact for family planning and AYSRH globally. 

Through this partnership, Gates Institute and Bayer will develop and leverage emerging family planning leaders across the world to accelerate the transformation of FP & SRHR program implementation, research and advocacy agendas, as well as scale-up high-impact solutions worldwide, train and highlight the “positive disruptions” made by young leaders in family planning—nationally and internationally, and increase the visibility of family planning as a core contributor to the global development agenda. 

 

Cultivating & Mentoring Youth Leaders

Over the last 20 years, Gates Institute has continued to build upon an essential pillar of our work by identifying, encouraging and preparing this next generation of family planning and reproductive health leaders by providing funding, mentorship and training opportunities in research, advocacy, policy and program implementation to those identified by the community to have the drive, knowledge and skills to successfully lead the field in the decades to come.

Gates Institute continues to identify, develop, and connect the new generation of family planning leaders through powerful programs and platforms such as the Gates Scholars, the 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Gates Institute Global Health Leadership Accelerator program, the ever-growing, youth-focused opportunities at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), which was born out of the 2013 ICFP.

Gates Scholars has supported over 50 students within the Johns Hopkins Population Family and Reproductive Health program, while Gates Institute Global Health Leadership Accelerator attracts 25-30 young professionals each year to build their leadership skills in order to increase their impact.

Training the #NextGen

The NextGen Catalyst Initiative aims to ensure harmonized efforts to develop and leverage emerging family planning leaders across the world to accelerate the transformation of FP & SRHR program implementation, research and advocacy agendas, as well as scale-up high-impact solutions worldwide.

Activities under the initiative include supporting key youth-led organizations in leading the development and operationalization of the first-ever AYSRH Global Youth Program of Action, a program of action designed and led by youth that acts on youth voices by outlining a new vision for AYSRH and sets out 2030 goals, priorities, and recommended policy actions, showing unity in young peoples’ SRH needs and values across the world.

The initiative will also invest in continuing to support youth-led programs and promote engaging youth in meaningful ways. The NextGen Catalyst Initiative will support the development of a youth conference and training scholarship for the established cohorts of 120 Under 40 Winners and ICFP youth. Through this partnership, the NextGen Catalyst Initiative is poised to broaden the reach of the meaningful work started with the 120 under 40: New Generation of Family Planning Champions program and chart a new path for a youth program of action in order to continue to have transformational impact for family planning and AYSRH globally.