In 2014 after the UNITAR CIFAL-supported workshop entitled "Enhancing a victim-centered approach, the River of Life Initiatives was adopted to address gender-based violence and its health and psycho-social consequences among boys and men and their sexual partners especially among victims and survivors of drugs, HIV, and human trafficking in the Philippines.

The ROLi methodology was developed in 2012 by John Piermont Montilla, founder of Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay that employs the "Meaningful Engagement of People At-risk" or MEPA process for its behavior change communications work. Inspired by the GIPA/MIPA and Denver Principles, MEPA aims in putting collective personal experiences of “victimization and survivorship” into a unique methodology in engaging peers in helping each rise up their dark past and address their vulnerabilities.

Using the ROLi Young Key Population Scorecard Tool, it offers strategies and tactics integrated with elements of game playing in the context of risk reduction (e.g., risk scoring, competition, collaborative work, and completion of tasks and quests) that help drive behavior change and interaction with service providers.

In 2014, ROLi was selected by the World Health Organization as a good practice example of service delivery to key populations in the consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.