Youth LEAD Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024
Globally, HIV remains one of the leading causes of death for adolescents. Young people in general face disadvantages surrounding restrictive laws based on age, and in particular young key populations (YKPs) face a great amount of social stigma, discrimination, and violence that exacerbates the issue of accessing proper health care services for the prevention and treatment of HIV.
Youth LEAD is a regional network in the Asia and Pacific region advocating for YKPs and adolescent key populations (AKPs) at higher risk of HIV exposure. Youth LEAD is uniquely placed within the HIV response as we work with local grassroots organisations through engagement with focal points, and work with UN agencies and larger International organisations to facilitate programming, funding, and initiatives. This engagement with local grassroots organisations allows Youth LEAD to target these hard to reach populations. Currently, Youth LEAD works with more than 50 focal points in more than 20 different countries in the Asia and Pacific region.
Strategy Development Process
The development of the 2019-2024 strategic plan consisted of four main parts:
- Youth LEAD developed a team consisting on secretariat members, interns, and consultants to create a framework analysis to review Youth LEAD’s work since 2016. This analysis focused on the strategic priorities in Youth LEAD’s 2016-2018 strategic plan.
- Youth LEAD created an online survey that was sent to its network including active focal points to better analyse Youth LEAD’s recent progress.
- Youth LEAD engaged in stakeholder interviews with 10 organisations to analyse its strengths and weaknesses.
- Youth LEAD had a full day strategic plan consultation held in Bangkok, Thailand. This consultation used a SWOT analysis (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) including input from both focal points and stakeholders.
In the strategic plan you will find detailed information on the strategic development process. Throughout the strategic plan development process Youth LEAD has been able to identify five key priorities that address the needs of YKPs and AKPs. Additionally, you will see in this report how Youth LEAD’s efforts will align with other global strategies, with the Sustainable Development Goals, The Global Fund and UNAIDS priorities.
This is a preview of what you will find:
 UNAIDS, Miles To Go: Closing Gaps, Breaking Barriers, Righting Injustices. Geneva, Switzerland: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, (2018), Accessed October 20, 2018. http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2018/global-aids-update
 S. Delany-Moretlwe, F. Cowan, J. Busza, C. Bolton-Moore, K. Kelley, L. Fairlie. Providing comprehensive health services for young key populations: needs, barriers and gaps. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 18(1), (2015): 29. .