CASE STUDY: AMPLIFYCHANGE

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN AFRICA AND ASIA

INTRODUCTION

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AmplifyChange is a multi-donor, challenge fund which aims to empower young people, men and women to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The vision is to help to secure universal recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights as human rights - enabling women, men and young people to realise their full potential in safe and supportive environments.

THE NEED

The work focuses on the following priorities within sexual and reproductive health and rights:

  • Gender-based violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation
  • Challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes and laws that undermine human rights, including on grounds of gender or sexual orientation of LGBTI individuals, or HIV status
  • Sexual health of young people and girls, including comprehensive sexuality education and addressing child and early marriage
  • Access to comprehensive reproductive health services for the socially and economically marginalised and vulnerable, including the integrated access to HIV/AIDS services
  • Addressing the causes of unsafe abortion, including decriminalisation of abortion and supporting women’s rights to safe and legal abortion

THE PROJECT

AmplifyChange supports civil society and community-based groups working in countries where the needs are greatest, in particular Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, providing grants to directly fund local civil society organisations (CSOs) that advocate for and promote better policy and action on neglected sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

Grantees see AmplifyChange as a key partner, providing much needed support in areas other funders have not prioritised. One grantee told us; "Not very many donor organisations fund as bravely." Whilst another noted; “(AmplifyChange) amplifies and accelerates our vision for advocacy on very important and crucial issues we want to advocate.”

IMPACT SO FAR

AmplifyChange launched on 2 February 2015. Since then, we have run 15 grant rounds and reviewed over 4,000 applications from 156 countries. Our current grant portfolio consists of 469 approved grants in 58 countries, with 254 live grants. We have committed more than 32 million Euros to current approved grantees.

Key stats from AmplifyChange impact Positive Action programme including 469 approved grants in 58 countries