In solidarity

The International Center for Research on Women stands with our staff, our community, with people everywhere seeking to transform the underlying systemic inequities that perpetuate the dehumanizing violence that manifested last week in the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

We at ICRW stand in solidarity with the Black community. We will use our research and advocacy platform to interrogate injustice, drive evidence-informed solutions and collaborate with our partners near and far to create a better world.


YouthPower Learning

Adolescent Wellbeing and Youth Development, Adolescents and Youth

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Beginning in 2015, ICRW served as the lead research partner for YouthPower Learning—a five-year, US$21 million initiative to generate and disseminate knowledge about the implementation and impact of positive youth development (PYD) and cross-sectoral approaches in international development.  The project responds to USAID’s renewed call for unbiased impact and performance evaluations of the agency’s programs, as well as for increased use of research to improve program planning and results.

Under YouthPower Learning, ICRW led research, evaluations, and events designed to build the evidence base and inform the global community about how to help young people pursue their aspirations and contribute to the creation of more peaceful and prosperous communities. In May 2020, the consortium released its final report, which details key learnings and resources from the five-year initiative.

ICRW played a lead role in producing indicators and related tools to bridge gaps across sectors and establish measures to contribute to PYD evidence base, including production of a global meta-review to expand the knowledge base about PYD programs in international development, particularly in low and middle-income country settings. Additionally, ICRW supported Making Cents International in fostering an inclusive, audience-specific, and demand-driven cross-sectoral Youth Learning Network (on www.youthpower.org) and communities of practice.  More specifically, ICRW served as a co-champion of the Gender and PYD community of practice through collective sharing and learning about what works, how to measure efforts, and how to support application of knowledge. ICRW also provided research assessment and evaluation expertise for mission level activities.

The cumulative impact of this work is that the development community much better positioned to center youth as partners in development while utilizing new evidence and promising practices to engage young people as meaningful contributors to development outcomes.

Duration: 2015-2020
Funder: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Making Cents International
Project Countries: United States

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