The aim of the SRHR research programme was to improve SRHR policies and practices in Bangladesh, Burundi and Jordan. The focus was specifically on empowering young people, women and key population groups to improve their sexual and reproductive health and claim their rights. The programme did so by funding and facilitating research that would generate insight into and a better understanding of norms, behaviours or processes that determine the targeted groups’ sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, it identified enablers and barriers that people encounter to accessing SRHR information and services and claiming their sexual and reproductive rights.
Twelve research projects ran between 2015 and 2020. All of them involved international consortia of international and local researchers with relevant societal partners. The overall budget for the SRHR programme was 5.7 million euros, made up of funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and NWO.
The SRHR knowledge platform, Share-Net International, identified the knowledge gaps and relevant research questions together with local partners (including SRHR supporters, youth and women, NGOs, and policy makers) in Bangladesh, Burundi and Jordan. This resulted in a research agenda on which the research programme and the individual projects were based. Stakeholder engagement and knowledge sharing were of key importance throughout the programme: each project had a kick-off, mid-term and final meeting. In addition, joint kick-off and stakeholder meetings were held for each country, and policy briefs were also jointly composed. This contributed to uptake of the research findings in policy and practice in all three countries.
For more information about the programme and an overview of the outputs of all projects, visit the project pages via www.nwo.nl/srhr.