Past Hewlett Foundation support has allowed the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) to expand beyond its population and health focus by developing a program on education. In just three years, the Centre's education program has established itself as a leading voice in the sector by conducting quality research and taking advantage of the institution's strong reputation in the population and health fields to influence education policy. For example, their research on the provision of free primary education for children in urban slums in Kenya led the Ministry of Education to change its policy about which schools qualify for government funding. This grant would support the use of new and existing research on learning outcome indicators and the factors that influence them to promote policy dialogue with the Kenyan government that shifts policy priorities in the direction of improving learning outcomes.
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Grants to this Grantee
for enhancing the African Population and Health Research Center impact evaluation capacity
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is committed to generating Africa-led and African-owned evidence to inform decision making. The center’s mandate is to generate and support the use of evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans. This grant will enable APHRC to strengthen its capacity to conduct impact evaluations across several sectors, such as education, nutrition, and health. (Strategy: Evidence-Informed Policymaking)
for support of a dissemination study on infanticide in Senegal
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a premier African research institution and policy-focused think tank whose mission is to generate evidence, strengthen research and related capacities, and engage policy actors to inform action on population health and well-being. In 2021, APHRC and Ibis Reproductive Health, another Hewlett grantee, undertook an ethnographic study to document the lived experiences of women and girls in Senegal who had been accused of infanticide, a highly prevalent practice in Senegal, where abortion is completely restricted. This grant will support APHRC and Ibis to conduct a robust dissemination of the findings, co-developing advocacy tools to support improved policies, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the circumstances that lead girls and women to commit infanticide, as well as improve their social and professional reintegration after incarceration. (Strategy: Global Reproductive Equity)
for support of an abortion incidence study in Kenya
This grant to the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) will support a national abortion incidence study in Kenya. In partnership with the Guttmacher Institute, APHRC will use mixed research methods to produce an updated estimate of the number of induced abortions in Kenya and the magnitude and severity of unsafe abortion-related complications. The previous estimates were done in 2012 and since then the abortion landscape in Kenya has shifted dramatically with the availability of self-managed medication abortion as well as increasing criminalization efforts from anti-abortion actors. This project will have a focus on evidence dissemination with policy advocates and government partners as well as research capacity-building efforts between the two research institutions involved. This grant is aligned with the Global Reproductive Equity strategy outcome that safe abortion is legal and/or decriminalized in a greater number of East and Francophone West African countries and is accessible to more women and girls in these countries.