Advance Family Planning (AFP) is a project of the Gates Institute at Johns Hopkins University that seeks to convince policymakers in the developed and developing world to increase funds for family planning, remove policy barriers to family planning, and raise awareness of how family planning increases socioeconomic development and improves health. The initial phase of AFP from 2009–2012 was the largest advocacy project on family planning and reproductive health to date. The targeted advocacy action in focal countries resulted in a number of notable policy gains. For example, advocates in Uganda were able to change regulations to allow village health workers to provide injectable contraception. Hewlett will join the Gates and Packard foundations in supporting the second phase of AFP, from 2012–2017. AFP and its partners will work in nine countries (Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda) to mobilize and sustain effective family planning advocacy, amplify voices from the global South by cultivating champions of family planning, and document and diffuse best practices in advocacy.
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for support of a new university center on economy and society
Johns Hopkins University will use this grant to create a new center that will foster research and curriculum development, as well as work with other university centers being established to cultivate a network that will develop new thinking around political economy, economy, and society.
for support of the History and Political Economy Project
The History and Political Economy Project (HPEP) brings together a network of historically minded scholars whose research examines the ways that neoliberalism has been developed, implemented, and contested around the world. With the goal of producing historical scholarship that is strategically useful for addressing the challenges of social-political transformation in the present, the project seeks to use the tools of historical inquiry to counter rising inequality, economic dislocation, and political alienation. HPEP supports new research, fosters connections among scholars working in different temporal and geographic contexts, and draws lessons for contemporary efforts to challenge the hegemony of neoliberal ideas and modes of governance.
for support to grow the Performance Monitoring for Action abortion module
This grant to the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) project of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will support a study on abortion in Niger to assess abortion incidence, safety, clinical conditions, and individual and provider dynamics about abortion. The PMA project uses an innovative method to gather frequent data on sexual and reproductive health in eight focus countries that is used to inform national and global policy. This abortion-specific study will be the first of its kind in Niger, a highly restrictive and socially conservative context. This grant is aligned with the International Reproductive Health substrategy objective to reduce unsafe abortion in Francophone West Africa.