Our Work

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Investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is the right thing to do. AmplifyChange supports hundreds of civil society organisations (CSOs) across Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. They advocate for improved policy and action on the most neglected SRHR issues. Our work is mostly in countries in Africa and South Asia, where the context for SRHR access is most challenging. We operate in both French and English.

What we do

Grant-making is at the core of what we do. However, AmplifyChange is more than a fund. We also support civil society organisations to create change in their communities through innovative approaches other than grant funding.

Our Priorities

AmplifyChange supports civil society advocacy and activist groups working on the most neglected and challenging SRHR issues globally today. Below, read more about our five priority SRHR areas by clicking the icons.

Violence

Eliminating Gender-based Violence

Eliminating Gender-based violence
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Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa

Definition

Gender-based violence includes sexual violence, intimate partner violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Gender-based violence is a widespread human rights violation rooted in traditional ideas about gender which cause physical, psychological and emotional harm.

The burden of gender-based violence falls heavily on women, but whilst men are more likely to be perpetrators of violence, our definition recognises that ideas of masculinity can also have major negative consequences on men and boys. Violence negates the fulfilment of sexual pleasure and adversely impacts physical and mental well-being.

We receive more applications on gender-based violence than any other theme. Our investment strategy is led by your ideas and initiatives. Our grantee partners work on a wide range of gender-based violence issues, including outlawing child marriage, monitoring gender-based violence and hate crimes towards LGBTIQ people, promoting community-based solutions to end FGM/C, supporting survivors of sexual violence to rediscover sexual pleasure, and preventing boys from conforming to toxic masculinity. Our grantee partners are leaders in the movement for a violence-free world.

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Grantee stories

Community collaboration, monitoring, and behaviour change to eliminate FGM/C

Nigeria

Priorities: Violence, Stigma

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Grantee stories

Building stronger movements to end SGBV in India

India

Priorities: Violence, Stigma

Abortion

Safe Abortion Choices

Safe Abortion Choices
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Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), Kenya

Definition

We all have the right to make decisions about our own bodies – including if, when and how we have children. Abortion access can only be comprehensive if laws, health systems and broader social norms make it possible. Fundamentally, this means making or keeping abortion legal.

Governments and society have a duty to make provisions for dignified service delivery – in privacy, comfort, and with the widest possible choice of methods. Change often happens incrementally, and technology has made it possible to reduce the risks to health and well-being of undergoing an abortion in restrictive settings.

We are one of the largest investors in safe abortion advocacy in LMICs. We support local organisations facing stigma in challenging contexts. Our grantee partners campaign to remove legal and policy barriers on safe abortion, support the expansion of postabortion care, and increase access to information about safely using medical methods of abortion. They are changing the debate and tackling social norms, demonstrating that locally-led activism can change laws, strengthen health systems, and make abortion safe, dignified, and available for all.

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Grantee stories

Improving access to legal abortion with a multi-pronged approach

Zimbabwe

Priorities: Abortion, Stigma

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Grantee stories

Solidarity in action: movement building and well-being for abortion rights in Madagascar

Madagascar

Priorities: Access, Abortion, Stigma

Stigma

Challenging Stigma and Discrimination

Challenging Stima and Discrimination
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The People's Matrix Association, Lesotho

Definition

Across the world, perceptions of immorality or deviance from sexual norms contribute to isolation, stereotyping, and discrimination against individuals or groups based on their sexuality or gender identity. This stigma can often be society-wide and can be institutionalised through criminalisation or the policies and culture within the police, health system, education and state institutions. Stigma is increasingly cultivated online.

Stigmas that restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights are diverse, cutting across AmplifyChange’s priority themes. We fund the strengthening of stigmatised sections of civil society – especially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) individuals. We also support activism by and for sex workers.

  • Challenging stigma means dealing with the root causes of discrimination from societal norms, laws and policies. It also means dealing with the public health consequences of stigma as well as the impact on sexual pleasure and well-being.
  • It is challenging to measure the scale of stigma and discrimination, since reaching those most affected can be complex. There is increasing recognition of stigma against LGBTIQ individuals and groups, including their higher vulnerability to HIV, violence, and mental health problems.
  • Homophobic legislation is widespread throughout the world, and very few countries have created a legal framework to provide full equality for LGBTIQ populations.
  • Sex workers are heavily stigmatised and amongst the most vulnerable to HIV, sexual abuse, and other forms of violence, including violence from state institutions such as the police.

We are one of the main sources of funding for LGBTIQ rights activism. Our grants have contributed to major legal reforms to improve the lives of millions, such as the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships in India. Our grantee partners have worked with law makers and enforcers, as well as health workers and teachers, to tackle homophobia and transphobia and improve access to resources for sex workers. 

We take steps to ensure that a large share of our grants support organisations led by members of the LGBTIQ and sex worker communities. 

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Grantee stories

Mobilising movements to improve the law for LGBTQI+ rights

India

Priorities: Violence, Stigma

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Grantee stories

Building advocacy skills for sex worker activists

Nigeria

Priorities: Violence, Stigma

Youth

Better Sexual Health for Young People

Better sexual health for young people
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Pravah, India

Definition

The rapid biological and psychological changes that take place during adolescence affect all areas of life, including sexual and reproductive health. Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Life Skills education aim to ensure that young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values to make responsible choices about their sexual and social relationships.

Menstrual health refers to the state of well-being in relation to the menstrual cycle. It encompasses the physical, emotional, and social dimensions associated with menstruation. Menstrual health is a crucial component of overall reproductive health, yet many women, girls, and people who menstruate suffer by being ostracised from families, communities, and schools when they have their periods.

Youth-friendly services respond to young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs without judgment and protect anonymity. Quality services respond to the diversity of young people’s lives and needs and are designed in conjunction with young people themselves.

  • Young people make up over 50% of the population in some low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), yet their voices and concerns relating to sexual and reproductive health are often overlooked or neglected.
  • Approximately 21 million pregnancies occur in adolescents aged 15-19 years each year, of which about 50% were unintended. Many young people do not have access to modern contraceptive methods. 55% of adolescent pregnancies end in abortion, which is often practiced in unsafe conditions in LMICs.
  • Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and Life Skills education are key to supporting the healthy development of young people. Many young people lack basic knowledge on topics like puberty and HIV, and pushback against CSE implementation has increased in many countries across the world.
  • Globally, menstruation remains shrouded in stigma and taboo, with a widespread lack of awareness and education on menstrual health. Approximately 500 million women, girls and people who menstruate do not have access to menstrual products or adequate facilities to manage menstruation with dignity due to lack of policies and budgeting for products and education.

We are an extensive funder of advocacy for quality CSE and Life Skills education. We support civil society to hold government to account for following commitments to expand and improve the quality of CSE, including through integrating pleasure-based sexual health and inclusivity. As digital access rapidly increases, online strategies have become an increasingly important complement to face-to-face education. We also support initiatives to hold health authorities to account for providing youth-friendly services.

We fund projects that promote awareness, education, and positive changes in policies and social attitudes to support and improve the well-being of people who menstruate. This includes challenging stigma, addressing misconceptions, and advocating for increased access to menstrual products, proper facilities, and comprehensive menstrual health care. We also fund work on pain management, menstrual disorders and menopause.

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Grantee stories

Building momentum for Life Skills education in Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Priorities: Violence, Youth

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Grantee stories

Putting menstrual health on the agenda through advocacy and movement building

Nepal

Priorities: Stigma, Youth

Access

Access to SRHR services for Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups

Access to SRHR services for Poor, Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups
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Dance into Space Foundation, Kenya

Definition

Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) experience high levels of unmet need for quality sexual and reproductive health services. Access to sexual and reproductive health services is dependent on affordability, physical accessibility, and the acceptability of services – not just on the availability and quality of care and supplies. People who are marginalised by society or the economy, such as people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, rural populations, urban poor communities, and refugees, are typically denied equal access to sexual and reproductive health, and so cannot realise their human rights.  

Global and local campaigning for Universal Health Coverage – defined by the World Health Organisation as “all people having access to needed health services of sufficient quality to be effective while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user the financial hardship” – creates new opportunities to strengthen access to sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable, and marginalised people. 

  • There is underrepresentation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Universal Health Coverage debates and programmes. Civil society can play a key role in ensuring that SRHR are represented in health insurance schemes, public health care commissioning and government budgets.
  • Access to health, including sexual and reproductive health, is a core component of human rights. Quality healthcare should be available to all, and civil society plays a critical role in ensuring that governments are held to account for their national, regional, and global commitments to human rights and SRHR.
  • People living with disabilities can face multiple disadvantages that constitute their inability to fulfil their SRHR. Visually impaired, blind, hearing impaired, and deaf girls, for example, are amongst the most vulnerable to sexual violence.

We are a major investor in campaigns to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living with disabilities. We seek to strengthen civil society efforts to ensure that sexual and reproductive health rights are met by local Universal Health Coverage initiatives. We provide extensive support in countries affected by high levels of conflict, poverty, and climate change where levels of migration are high. 

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Grantee stories

‘What killed Martha Sabar?’: Strategic litigation to improve maternal health access

India

Priorities: Stigma, Access

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Grantee stories

Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities through policy and law change in Nigeria

Nigeria

Priorities: Stigma, Access

Other Themes

Within our priority themes, AmplifyChange supports cross-cutting themes that impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and well-being and respond to challenges that advocates identify as their priorities for action.

Climate change has far-reaching implications that extend beyond environmental concerns, affecting various aspects of human life, including SRHR, especially for the most marginalised communities. Limited access to healthcare, including family planning services, can be exacerbated by environmental pollution and resource scarcity. Displacement caused by environmental disasters heightens the risk of sexual violence and exploitation. Scarce resources and changing agricultural patterns can lead to economic instability, affecting access to education and increasing the risk of child marriage and female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C).  

AmplifyChange acknowledges the importance of climate justice and endeavours to support organisations seeking to address the consequences of climate change on SRHR outcomes in their communities.  

Pleasure is a key aspect to ensure that all individuals can access their full sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), prioritising joy, safety, and consent. Pleasure is recognised as a core component of sexual health and well-being, and evidence shows that embracing pleasure-based, sex-positive approaches contributes to positive outcomes for SRHR services and programming.  

AmplifyChange is committed to championing pleasure-based sexual health and sex positivity within SRHR through our support to civil society. We are endorsers of The Pleasure Principles, which have taken evidence and best practice from pleasure-based sexual health interventions and created a set of principles to follow for effective implementation. More information and resources on pleasure-based sexual health can be found at The Pleasure Project website. 

SRHR and mental health are interconnected. Mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress, may impact an individual’s sexual experiences and desire. They can also influence decision-making related to reproductive choices and engagement in safe and consensual sexual practices. Issues such as unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence, and discrimination can contribute to negative mental health outcomes. Stigma surrounding sexual and reproductive health choices and experiences can exacerbate mental health issues and create barriers to seeking necessary support and care.

AmplifyChange welcomes advocacy efforts to address the challenges arising from mental health and SRHR, acknowledging that addressing this intersection is vital to promoting comprehensive, person-centred health and fostering a society that values and respects the diverse aspects of individual health and autonomy.

Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change

AmplifyChange wants to see transformative change in the improvement of sexual and reproductive health and rights. The pathways to change are depicted in our Theory of Change diagram. We ask all grantee partners to think strategically about their local movements and how they will make the most effective contribution to change within this framework. Grantee partners measure and report on their progress against the five AmplifyChange outcomes.

Text version of the AmplifyChange Theory of Change available here.

A diagram depicting the AmplifyChange theory of change
  • Theory of Change (123.42 KB PDF File)

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