Social Change for Family Planning: Results Initiative

Appreciation Day for Results Initiative in Gatsibo
Appreciation Day for Results Initiative in Gatsibo

Project summary

The Social Change for Family Planning: Results Initiative (RI) project works with vulnerable households in ten sectors of the Gatsibo District to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being.  RI works through the following strategies:

  • Building capacity of VSL members
  • Engaging Formal Support Structures
  • Strengthening Health Centers and Posts
  • Collaborating with Religious Leaders
  • Challenging social norms and practice that affect the family planning use with Social Analysis and Action Tools

The Key SAA tools used to challenge social norms and practice that affect the use of health services

  1. BEAD GAME: This tool is used to challenge the son preference social norm
  2. CARTOON: This tool is used to challenge the big family size social norm.
  3. BODY MAPPING: This tool is used to challenge the sexual violence and harassment cultural norms.
  4. PILE SORTING: This tool is used to promote labor division between men and women household chores.

Documentation:

For further information, please see the attached document. To learn more about the models used for this project, please see the Models page.

Project Achievements

Access to, use of, and information about family planning has significantly increased for people who participate in RI activities.

Relationships and communication between husbands and wives at the household level have improved

The social and economic status of women has improved

A key component of the Results Initiative projects is integration with an anchor project. RI is integrated with a VSL project, meaning that project participants are also engaged in activities designed to strengthen economic literacy and household productive skills and savings.

Transformation of Religious Leaders

RI staff identified conservative religious views as a key barrier to the use of family planning. As described above, the RI team decided to explore the possibility that Religious Leaders (Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim) might be open to change and then strategically engaged Religious Leaders to address this issue.

Before this time, religious leaders were proactively denouncing the use of family planning from their pulpits. RI project provided trainings in FP and in SAA and shared tools that these leaders could use with their respective church members.

Staff transformation – CARE staff have experienced changes in their personal and professional lives.

Project Info

  • Start Date: 2011 March
  • Donor: USAID
  • Program: Vulnerable Women Program
  • District: Gatsibo
  • Partners: CARE USA, CARE Kenya, CARE Ethiopia

Models

Models used:

  • Village Savings and Loans