A new AmplifyChange report, ‘Illuminating Impact: Insights and outcomes from grantee partners’, launched at an event co-hosted by Population Council and AmplifyChange on Thursday 21st September during the United Nations General Assembly. Bringing together a wide range of SRHR supporters, funders, grantee partners, and civil society activists, the event centred the importance of funding civil society, particularly community-based organisations, to make sustainable, positive change in SRHR.
Patricia Vaughan, Interim co-president and general counsel of Population Council, opened the evening by highlighting the importance of providing support and building evidence to address SRHR issues concerning the most marginalised communities across the world. Dr. Suzanne Petroni of Gender Equality Solutions, who led the report analysis, then introduced the report’s findings, including the key outcomes identified through the analysis – namely, that AmplifyChange grantee partners effectively
Importantly, she noted that not all grantee partners produce large scale changes, but their impact on individuals and small groups may be life-altering and even lifesaving, and is thus no less important.
To illustrate the excellent impact of civil society organisations, a panel of grantee partners shared their experiences working on SRHR issues in challenging contexts. Beyonce Karungi, Executive Director of Transgender Equality Uganda and Ritikaa Khunnah, CEO of Pravah in India, shared their experiences in a discussion moderated by AmplifyChange Strategic Advisor and Founder of MamaBaby Fund, Neha Mankani.
Setting the context of working in an increasingly challenging and hostile Ugandan environment, Beyonce explained how the broad umbrella of advocacy work allowed for her organisation to focus on social norm change and raising awareness of LGBTI issues with healthcare workers and law enforcement in rural areas. This in turn meant that while politically, advocacy was challenging, change could still be made amongst stakeholders who regularly interact with trans women and LGBTI individuals.
Ritikaa explained how Pravah’s approach to holistic youth engagement focuses on supporting both self-transformation, through building confidence and capacity of young people, and social transformation, by equipping youth leaders with the tools they needs to identify and make positive change in their communities.
Other key messages from the panel discussion included:
Grethe Petersen, CEO of AmplifyChange, closed the event, with a networking reception following. AmplifyChange extends its thanks to Population Council, Dr. Suzanne Petroni, Beyonce Karungi, Ritikaa Khunnah, and Neha Mankani.
Overly nearly a decade of grant-making, AmplifyChange has been a partner to civil society advocates across 67 countries. While we know that our grantee partners are doing great work and making positive change in their communities, we are eager to understand the impact of the funding we give to date.
To do so, AmplifyChange commissioned an independent review led by Dr. Suzanne Petroni, analysing 58 grantee partner reports spanning 46 countries. The report, ‘Illuminating Impact: Insights and outcomes from grantee partners’, underlines three core findings: