Increasing Access to Safe Abortion and Contraception in Africa

Reporting Organization:Ipas
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,000,000
Timeframe: February 28, 2018 - September 30, 2019
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Dee Lutz

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Kenya - $ 923,700.00 (30.79%)

Nigeria - $ 923,700.00 (30.79%)

Zambia - $ 905,100.00 (30.17%)

Congo (DRC) - $ 247,500.00 (8.25%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Adolescent Health (14.3 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (14.3 %)

Sexual Health & Rights (14.3 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (14.3 %)

Humanitarian Response (14.3 %)

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (14.3 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (14.2 %)

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This project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls in selected regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and Zambia. The project seeks to strengthen social and political support for women’s and girls’ access to high-quality abortion and contraceptive care and increase the use of these services. Project activities include: (1) providing training on values clarification and attitude transformation to key stakeholders, including Members of Parliament, African Union Commissioners, government officials, youth organizations and partners who are advocating for reform of abortion and family planning laws, especially in the DRC and Adamawa State, Nigeria; (2) increasing the number of facilities that offer high-quality abortion care to women and girls in Zambia and Nigeria; and (3) enhancing community-based organizations and other stakeholders’ capacity to work with poor, underserved women living in hard-to-reach areas.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys
Descriptors: Urban Rural LGBTQ2I Communities Internally displaced people (IDP) Persons with disabilities
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Improved knowledge of SRHR for women and girls
Improved legal/regulatory/policy environment for SRHR
Strengthened availability of SRH services in public and private facilities
Strengthened availability of SRH services in public and private facilities
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Intermediate Outcome 1: Improved enabling environment for women’s and girls’ SRHR, particularly safe abortion and contraception, and care for survivors of sexual violence across the Africa region and in Central America
The Immediate Outcomes that support Intermediate Outcome 1 are:
• Improved support for SRHR in public discourse;
• Improved legal/regulatory/policy environment for SRHR.
Intermediate Outcome 2: Enhanced access of high-quality abortion and contraceptive services that respond to gender-specific constraints on rights in Central America, Nigeria, and Zambia
immediate outcomes that support Intermediate Outcome 2 are:

• Improved SRH knowledge and support for women and girls;
• Strengthened quality and availability of SRH in public and private facilities.

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved social and political support for women’s and girls’ access to high-quality abortion and contraceptive care by key influencers and policymakers in Africa; and (2) increased use of high-quality abortion, post-abortion care, and contraception by women and girls, including survivors of gender-based violence, in the North-Western and Eastern Provinces of Zambia and in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Achieved Results



SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of advocacy and public engagement activities completed which are focused on SRHR
  • # of health care service providers trained in SRHR services
  • # of health facilities that provide care for complications related to unsafe abortion or, where it is not against the law, that provide safe abortions
  • # of health professionals trained to provide safe abortion and post-abortion care
  • # of national laws, policies and strategies relating to SRHR implemented or strengthened
  • # of people provided with modern contraception (by method)
  • # of women and girls (age) provided with access to sexual and reproductive health services, including modern methods of contraception
  • # of women provided with a safe, legal abortion or post-abortion care
  • # of women’s rights organizations and networks (international and local) advancing SRHR
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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