A Portfolio Mapping of CARE’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Programming in the African Great Lakes Region Open Access

Nakash, Talya (Spring 2018)

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Background: The fulfillment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) remains a challenge across the globe. As a key player in the SRHR sector, CARE aims to reach 100 million women and girls in SRHR by 2020. There was a need to conduct an in-depth review of SRHR projects in CARE’s East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA) region in order to determine contributions to this goal and to inform the SRHR approach and priorities for the region.

 

Project Goal: This portfolio mapping aims to provide a better understanding of the strengths and gaps in CARE’s current SRHR programming in five countries in the Great Lakes sub-region of ECSA: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan.

 

Methods: CARE’s Project and Program Information and Impact Reporting System (PIIRS) and intervention forms completed by Country Office program staff were used to identify SRHR projects being implemented in the Great Lakes countries. Project data from the two sources were aggregated and organized to draw comparisons and identify patterns across different projects and countries.  

 

Results: In PIIRS, fourteen projects were classified as meeting the Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health and Rights (SRMH) outcome area and seven SRHR projects were reported through the intervention forms. For both data sources, additional projects were also identified as having SRHR components. This portfolio mapping found that a wide array of SRHR projects are being implemented in the Great Lakes countries. The fourteen projects classified as SRMH in PIIRS had a combined 1,667,045 total direct beneficiaries and $34.3 million in funding. Examples of project challenges, as identified by the intervention forms, included capacity issues and negative attitudes about SRHR. Requests for desired or needed support from project staff centered on capacity building, trainings, communication, and young people.  

 

Discussion: CARE’s SRHR programming addresses key SRHR issues across the region, but many pressing SRHR needs are not being met. Country Office responses regarding project challenges and needed support provide a clear pathway for recommendations. The strengths of each country’s SRHR portfolio can also be leveraged horizontally to address challenges and calls for support across the Great Lakes sub-region. 

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INTRODUCTION.. 1

The Importance of SRHR.. 1

The SRHR Continuum.. 2

Purpose. 3

Great Lakes Sub-Region. 4

BACKGROUND: THE STATE OF SRHR BY COUNTRY.. 5

Burundi 5

Democratic Republic of Congo. 6

Rwanda. 7

South Sudan. 8

Uganda. 9

METHODS AND DATA SOURCES. 10

PIIRS. 10

Intervention Forms. 11

RESULTS. 13

Data Sources and Number of Projects. 13

Scope of Projects. 14

Outcome Areas. 19

Development versus Humanitarian. 21

Beneficiaries. 22

Funding. 26

Primary Challenges and Desired or Needed Support 28

DISCUSSION.. 32

Strengths and Gaps in Programming. 32

Limitations and Challenges. 36

Recommendations. 38

REFERENCES. 41

APPENDICES. 46

 

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