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Table 3 The networking activities in the 3 sites

From: How to develop a theory-driven evaluation design? Lessons learned from an adolescent sexual and reproductive health programme in West Africa


The project team decided to strengthen the functioning of an existing NGO network that grouped HIV/AIDS NGOs of the region. This network was in a fragile state due to lack of leadership. The team decided to expand its membership to NGOs working in sexual and reproductive health.

Burkina Faso

Networking efforts were focused on the improvement of access to ASRH services through filling in gaps in the referral chain. Two networks were launched: REPERE (Réseau des Personnes Référentes) and RESCOPE (Réseau des Structures Communautaires pour la promotion de la Paire-Education). REPERE brings together individuals, working in both public health structures and private non-for-profit associations, who volunteer to act as an entry point for information for adolescents in need of ASRH services. Volunteers can be contacted by adolescents when in need. RESCOPE and REPERE work in tandem: peer educators of different youth associations provide information themselves or could refer adolescents in need of youth friendly service providers.


Three networks were launched: one bringing together peer educators of existing school clubs that were working on ASRH and HIV/AIDS prevention, one resource persons network, and a network of NGOs/CBOs working on HIV/AIDS prevention.