Desk Review of Programming Guidelines for Adolescents & Youth in Emergencies

Published 20. Sep 2017
Education, Health, Livelihoods and Durable Solutions

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A New Resource for Youth Programming in Emergency settings

Why and who:

Adolescents and youth as a distinct group are often overlooked during humanitarian crises, with their unique concerns and needs seldom prioritised. This publication provides an overview of existing programming guidelines for adolescents and youth in emergencies and is a contribution to the goals of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action. It specifically contributes to Action 1 of the Compact, which aims to promote and increase age- and gender-responsive and inclusive programmes that contribute to the protection, health and development of young women, young men, girls and boys within humanitarian settings.

This new resource for youth programming is a result of a collaborative inter-agency undertaking by RET International, the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN Australia), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the INEE Adolescents and Youth Task Team (AYTT).

A Global Desk Review:

While a range of guidelines for engagement in Adolescent and Youth programming has been developed to date, there has not been any systematic consolidation or compilation of these resources nor has there been any review of the existing gaps in availability of practical guidance and tools. To contribute to the closing of this gap, the four organisations have undertaken a desk review, covering the following domains: Education, Health, Livelihoods and Durable Solutions (repatriation, re-integration into the hosting country and resettlement).

This publication provides a brief assessment of the most relevant programming guidelines dedicated (at least partially) to addressing the needs, concerns and aspirations of adolescents and youth in humanitarian crises. It presents a comprehensive mapping of practical guidance and related tools for humanitarians and communities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions for youth through all phases of an emergency. An overview of gaps in availability of guidance and tools is also included.

The publication reviews each of the four domains of Education, Health, Livelihoods and Durable Solutions as it relates to youth and offers a literature review of existing guidelines within each domain. Following a strict and uniformed methodology and selection process covering the period end of 2015 – end of 2016.  Each relevant document is summarized and key learnings are presented, including an overview of gaps in the availability of guidance and tools.