Robert Kasenene

Robert Kasenene - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Dev3.0
Current Location: Tanzania, Africa
Masters from Master of Science in Project Management
Awards Received:
Robert Kasenene has been at the forefront of SRHR advocacy in Tanzania since the early 2000s. In recent years, he has actively engaged in advocacy efforts supporting family planning services for young people, particularly in undeserved settings. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have worked closely within a coalition of stakeholders in civil society in Tanzania to champion a number of Family Planning outcomes, including a recurring budget, broadening financing options for family planning commodities and services, and access to information and services for young people - particularly those in higher learning institutions. As a result of interventions I have been involved in, more than 5000 young people in higher learning institutions were accessing FP services for the first time in a University setting while a coalition of higher learning institutions in Tanzania has been developing strategies towards providing services in a sustainable manner.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Two important reasons. One is that young people face an important challenge to accessing FP services because they are skewed for more adult clients. The second is that with a growing youth bulge, Tanzania, like other developing countries need to invest in its young people to provide them with the right information and skills that prepare them to make informed decisions on and having families they can care for and support.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Being a young person at the policy table voicing the concerns and challenges young people face, particularly in accessing FP information and services I believe is one way. All too often, young people are missing not just in representation and spirit, but particularly in execution of important programmes. Having a place in and continuing to be part of the discourse and efforts on the ground ensures that when information, services, supplies and resources for FP are discussed, young people feature.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Facilitate demand creation activities at the higher education facilities level in Tanzania. Important gains remain to be delivered. Young people need to continue pressuring education institutions to make sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services a part of their package of services. This can be supported by important interventions from Government that young people (students) need to continue calling for.

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