To improve the number and capacity of female health workers in six states in Northern Nigeria (Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe and Borno) while at the same time contributing to women’s empowerment and gender equality in communities and institutions in the North. In the extension phase between April 2018 and October 2020, the programme is focusing on a “building back better” approach in the conflict and humanitarian areas in Yobe and Borno states and ensuring sustainability of the progress achieved over the last five years in Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara. The extension is also facilitating institutionalisation of commitment by Federal agencies.
AAWAZ project falls within the Voice and Accountability framework of DFID. DAI won the Aawaz bid as the Management Organisation (MO) in collaboration with six core partner organisations belonging to Pakistani civil society as well as a Pakistani and a British think tank. AAWAZ program aims to strengthen the accountability of the Pakistani State to its citizens. The programme has three distinct components: (a) Gender: focusing on enhanced political participation of women and their participation in larger public life without fear of any gender-based violence; (b) Conflict Resolution: by striving to attain social harmony within and across communities through addressing tribal, familial, sectarian, ethnic, faith-based or any other kinds of conflicts; (c) Citizens Engagement: in order to achieve better public service delivery by promoting active and informed participation of citizens and their organized groups, particularly in the areas of health and education at the basic level. The fourth and overarching component is Policy, Advocacy, Research and Results (PARR) facility to synthesise information and findings from Aawaz and to build robust evidence base around community voice and empowerment, social change, policy influence and government reform.
An increased number of poor people, in particular women and children will receive better quality and more affordable, or free, health services as a result of Non-State Actors (for profit and not for profit private sector, civil society organisations and faith based organisations) playing a more effective role working as part of a health system. This will form part of DFIDs work towards tackling MDG 4 and 5 in particular
Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) is a nearly four-year project funded by the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID). MQSUN+ is a mechanism for providing technical assistance (TA) to governments in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and to the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat (SMS). The project aims to catalyse multisectoral country efforts to scale up nutrition impact. It also aims to provide TA to DFID to maximise the quality and effectiveness of its nutrition-related programmes, support generating evidence and learning lessons, and develop nutrition capacity. MQSUN+ comprises two components: A. Component 1 involves the provision of TA to SUN countries and to SMS to strengthen the capacity of over 50 SUN countries to continuously improve their policy and budget cycle management and to deliver policies and programmes that reduce undernutrition. B. Component 2 entails the provision of TA to DFID to maximise the quality and effectiveness of nutrition-related programmes to facilitate the achievement of global targets to reduce malnutrition.
FGM/C is practiced in at least 28 countries in Africa, and up to 6 or more in the Middle East and Asia. This research aims to produce a global evidence base, on what will work and why, on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to ending FGM/C that can be used inform future policy and programming. This has the overall aim of reducing FGMC by 30% in the first 5 years of the programme in at least 10 African countries and has a vision to end the practice in a generation. This research contributes towards achieving MDG 3 – gender equality and empowerment and will produce rigorous, operationally relevant research that is accessible to decision-makers influencing strategic investment, policy and programming to end FGM/C, at the national and international level
This Fund has been set up to provide operationally relevant research support to country offices in South Asia. Studies will be commissioned on the basis of demand from DFID country offices in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan and the context-specific evidence generated will inform the design of new programmes and improve implementation of ongoing programmes in these country offices. It is expected that the evidence generated by the programme will also be useful for other donors and the wider development community. Gender will be a key focus in the programme.