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Spring 2017

A USAID-funded project is using social networks to improve family planning in Benin.


  • BRIGHT 10-Year Impact Evaluation Finds Lasting Results for Girls
  • From Pilot to Scale-Up: Addressing Unmet Need for Family Planning in Benin
  • The Voice of Youth in Plan’s Work

Plan's New Purpose Statement

At Plan International USA, we strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Our purpose is the driving force behind all that we do—from generating grassroots service demands at the community level, to our efforts to engage Ministry-level officials. Recently, the Plan International federation, which is composed of more than 20 national organizations that support more than 50 country offices, unveiled its new vision.

Although we have been carrying out these goals and practices for many years, they have now been formalized specifically within our updated purpose statement. As we have always done, we will continue to engage people and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion, and vulnerability
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood

This Month's Articles:

  1. BRIGHT 10-Year Impact Evaluation Finds Lasting Results for Girls

    An independent impact evaluation carried out 10 years after the start of Plan’s BRIGHT project has found sustainable results at project schools and villages.

    Find out how the project is still helping children—particularly girls—even after it has closed.

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  2. From Pilot to Scale-Up: Addressing Unmet Need for Family Planning in Benin

    Unmet need for family planning remains high in West Africa, and in Benin specifically at 33 percent.

    Because of this, a USAID-funded project has worked to use social networks to improve family planning through a pilot and scale-up phase.

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  3. The Voice of Youth in Plan’s Work

    Youth play a critical role in all levels of Plan’s work, both in the U.S. and abroad, including governance through the Youth Advisory Board.

    Here, Plan’s newest Youth Advisory Board member discusses the Board’s objectives for the upcoming year.

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  4. Plan Project in the Central African Republic Aims to Reunite Families

    Obert and his wife, Boimbona, were away from home farming when armed groups raided their village of Bozango in March 2013, separating them from their five children.

    Plan is working with USAID and War Child to ensure displaced children in the CAR are protected and reunited with their closest relatives. Find out how the project was able to bring Obert and Boimbona’s family back together three years later.

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  5. A Circle of Support: How PHR Helped Reba Take Back Her Life

    Thanks to the legal counseling, advocacy, and support she received from the Protecting Human Rights (PHR) project, Reba—a domestic violence survivor—and her children are safe and on the path to a better life.

    Here’s how the USAID-funded project uses a comprehensive set of interventions to address domestic violence and other human rights abuses to help people like Reba.

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  6. Engaging Youth in the Sustainable Development Goals

    In July and November 2016, Plan piloted a new tool called the Sustainable Development Goal Youth Action Mapper (SDG YAM) with adolescent girls and boys.

    Discover how the new tool is contributing to youth engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S. and Nigeria.

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  7. Building Safer Cities for Girls in Cairo

    Amina is participating in Plan International’s Safer Cities for Girls project, which aims to build safe, accountable, and inclusive cities with and for adolescent girls.

    Find out how the project has influenced her life and empowered girls like her, allowing them to express their need to feel safe and discuss the barriers and difficulties they face in their daily lives.

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