Mapping leading-edge youth engagement for health and SDGs

Stakeholder Insights

  • Mapped 60 leading-edge organizations across all sector
  • Conducted 40+ interviews globally
  • Researched the WHO and partners’ insights
  • Mapped the WHO youth projects and initiatives
  • Estimated human & financial resources
  • Scanned social media


We were commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help the organization transform its engagement with young people. To envision possible strategic opportunities for collective action, we developed a Smart Map of over 60 organizations across diverse sectors working in transformative ways with young people around the world. With more than half of the planet under 30, it is clear that we cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without working with a broad range of partners in the global health ecosystem, together with young people.

The selection of organizations was based on how innovative their approaches were in working with young people, potential to contribute to new or complementary knowledge, skills or resources, geography, topics or interventions identified as critical needs, and partnership potential with the WHO to deliver impact at scale. Methodology was based on numerous consultation processes with young people and the WHO’s member countries, including for the Global strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) report, as well as semi-structured interviews with over 40 informants using purposive sampling based on their association, interest and influence with the engagement of young people; and the review of their internal documents and publicly available information.


Information gathered through the Smart Map process is proprietary and was used for the development of the WHO’s report Engaging Young People for Health and Sustainable Development. Further information can be shared upon request.
It will be necessary for the WHO and the United Nations to embrace new forms of partnerships forged across sectors and with young people - who should be involved at every level and often take the lead.
Barbara Bulc and Rohit Ramchandani, Co-authors of the report