Linking Policy to Programming


Linking Policy to Programming (LPP) is a regional project seeking to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young key populations in five Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries – Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The project aims to accomplish this through strengthening the HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) related rights of young key populations in law, policy and strategy.

The project is a part of global follow up efforts to implement the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, which called for reforms to ensure that laws and policies are grounded in evidence and human rights, and programmes that reduce stigma and discrimination.

UNDP implements the project, in partnership with the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), and the Health Economics and HV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Funding for the project is provided by a five-year grant (2016 to 2020) from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Leave No One Behind initiative.

Young key populations1 are the focus of the LPP project, specifically young sex workers, young men who have sex with men, young people who use drugs, young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex and young people in prisons. National level activities are implemented in five focus countries: Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • To strengthen the capacity of national governments to put in place laws, policies and strategies in the context of HIV and sexual and reproductive health that respect the rights of young key populations.
  • To strengthen the capacity of regional and national civil society organizations, including community-based groups to claim rights and advocate for rights-based national HIV and SRH-related laws, policies and strategies that improve HIV and SRH service provision for young key populations.
  • To strengthen the capacity and leadership of SADC to support member states to put in place and implement legal, policy and strategy environments that respect the rights of young key populations.
  • To strengthen understanding and application of human rights and HIV and SRH related indicators and milestones for young key populations in national and regional frameworks.

Expected results:

  • Five legal environment assessments conducted and action plans developed
  • Five engagement scans produced for enhanced advocacy on policy and legal reform
  • Capacities of policy makers, parliamentarians, judiciary and law enforcement strengthened on HIV/SRH and rights of young key populations
  • Tools and guidelines on HIV/SRH and rights of young key populations developed
  • SADC capacity strengthened for inclusion of young key populations in strategic regional frameworks
  • Young key populations' capacities strengthened on advocacy, policy and legal reform processes
  • Mechanisms for community inputs into policy and service provision established
  • Five baseline studies on access to SRH services conducted and indicators identified
  • Operational research on barriers to SRHR for young key populations undertaken in the five countries
  • Cross country comparative analysis of change processes undertaken


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