‘SRHR and Sustainable Development’ in Kenya 2014-16

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:

  1. Application of the integrated approach to SRHR and climate change adaptation at household level.
  2. Increased resilience of households
  3. Integration of the integrated approach in county planning in Kisumu and Siaya Counties.

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:

  • Conducting and facilitating the baseline survey used to inform project of pre-project conditions in the communities where the partners were working.
  • Developing a knowledge management system to be used to evaluate and monitor the impact of the project activities.
  • Developing a real time evaluation (RTE) system through which the project partners could input data into a central registry for continuous monitoring of project activities.
  • Train the partners in the used of the RTE system.
  • Finally PHDA was to design a project review to test project intervention model and outcome.

Project Outcomes

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.

About PHDA

Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) is an international non-profit organization registered in Kenya, working in the health and development fields in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa.

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