Feb 2018 – Mar 2021

Adding It Up for Adolelescents Phase II

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Multiple countries – Africa

To generate new evidence on the costs and benefits of investing in modern contraception for adolescents, in order to support sexual and reproductive health advocacy and decision-making

$750,000 Grant Value

Other funders

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation -

  • DFID -

  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Launched at Women Deliver in 2016, the Adding It Up for Adolescents report represents the world’s first consolidated analysis of the costs and benefits of investing in adolescent sexual health.

Building on the successful launch of the first Adding It Up for Adolescents report , this Phase 2 investment supports the development and dissemination of new country-specific evidence (Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia) and global/regional analysis on the costs and benefits of investing in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. 

This will bolster the ability of advocates, donors and policymakers to make the case for investing in policies and programmes that meet the needs of adolescents, and help generate momentum for a greater focus on adolescent sexual health beyond 2020. The investment will use evidence and messages that emerge from the research to launch a campaign to target stakeholders at national level, combined with continuing advocacy.


The ultimate goal is to attract new funding commitments and policy changes that can accelerate progress, including pushing the governments of the three project countries, to achieve their 2017 FP2020 commitments towards adolescents.

The findings from this work will also bolster and complement the efforts of the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility (GFF), which is launching a replenishment effort that aims to raise $2 billion USD to expand from 16 countries to 50 over the course of 2018-2023. This evidence will help encourage countries to include adolescent sexual reproductive health specific goals in their GFF-funded activities.