How we work
How we work - Governance
The AmplifyChange Secretariat develops processes to manage the grant funding cycle.
Our independent Technical Review Panel (TRP) and Independent Advisory Board are the entities responsible for recommending and taking funding decisions that the AmplifyChange Secretariat then implements.
Our TRP consists of independent experts in sexual and reproductive health and rights, each with knowledge of the thematic priorities and experience of the geographic regions where we provide support. TRP members are responsible for reviewing and recommending applications based on review criteria relevant to the purpose of AmplifyChange grant types.
Our Board includes independent experts and advocates from the sexual and reproductive health and rights field, as well as representatives from the donor partner agencies that support AmplifyChange. The Independent Advisory Board is responsible for endorsing funding decisions on the basis of recommendations from the TRP.
The primary review criteria used to make funding recommendations are: (i) relevance of proposed project; (ii) organisational capacity; (iii) sustainability and costs; and (iv) risk and mitigation.
TRP members must declare any conflict of interest. As soon as a TRP member becomes aware of any potential conflict, the AmplifyChange Secretariat will put in place alternative arrangements for obtaining independent TRP input and advice in order to ensure advice is impartial.
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The Independent Advisory Board currently consists of the following members:
Dr. Sara Seims (Chair): Independent SRHR expert
Ambassador Dr. Eunice Brookman-Amissah: Vice-President for Africa, IPAS
Andrew Bulemi: Partner, Mbaya and Associates (CPA-K) (Finance specialist)
Mark Chataway: Hyderus Ltd (Communications specialist)
Jo Cooke: DFID, UK Department for International Development
Lana Dakan: David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Sara Hossain: Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh (Human rights specialist)
Lena Hothes: Danida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Dominic Kemps: ViiV Healthcare
Catherine Nyambura: FEMNET (Youth SRHR specialist)
Eva-Charlotte Roos: Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Johan Sunderberg: Sida, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Erik Thijs Wedershoven: Sustainability consultant, Earnest & Young (Finance specialist)
Althea Anderson: William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Annika Malmborg: RFSU, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education
Nina Strom: NORAD, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Mieke Vogels: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
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Policy and operational benchmarks
Our Independent Advisory Board has agreed a number of benchmarks to help guide funding decisions and resource allocation. These benchmarks are considered when the Board considers recommendations for funding. They are intended to help ensure that AmplifyChange supports advocacy across each of its main priorities, as well as within countries (our Not to be Missed Countries) where progress on SRHR remains challenging.
For performance against benchmarks please see Results.