Goal; To improve vulnerable communities’ resilience through the integration of reproductive health and rights into sustainable development programming.
As climate change and environmental degradation is increasingly becoming a challenge that affects every aspect of people’s social, economic, political and cultural lives, there is a need to employ a more integrated approach to health. The relationship between population dynamics, environment and climate change is complex but critical to sustainable development.
Danish Family Planning Association’s DFPA has, since 2009, been advocating amongst decision and policy makers for the benefits of integrating SRHR, climate change adaptation and environment in order to achieve sustainable development. In order to strengthen the advocacy work there is a need for increased evidence from the ground based on concrete experiences and lessons learned on how to integrate reproductive health and rights into broader development approaches.
The “SRHR and Sustainable Development Project” in Kenya was formulated to test integrated approach and aims to improve vulnerable communities’ through three output areas:
This DFPA project was implemented in Nyanza and Siaya County between 2014-2016 in Partnership with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK), Community Rehabilitation Environmental Program (CREP), Osienala (Friends of Lake Victoria), Vi Agroforestry and Lake Victoria Basin Commission.
PHDA working through a subcontract with the Nordic Consulting Group (based in Copenhagen) played an oversight and project administrative role during the implementation of this project, with the main tasks being:
The first four tasks were completed, and PHDA staff made several visits to project sites in Western Kenya. In the event, the project ran into some difficulties – one partner (Osienala) dropped out of the project, and some of the other partners did not have the internet capacity to be plugged into a central data registry. There were also issues between some of the partners, DFPA and FHOK in terms of how much of their data they were willing to share. PHDA finished its association with the project before being able to participate in the end-of-project review.