Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a complex and controversial field. It requires strategic, innovative and broadly based partnerships in order to foster change in settings with cultural, religious or political bias against sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

We firmly believe that the only way to create positive and lasting change in the challenging area of SRHR is through working across a multitude of sectors and by building coalitions with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.

We believe that the concept of companionship – long lasting, close partnerships with other civil society organisations (CSOs) with a view to strengthening their capacity to act as drivers of change nationally – is fundamental to creating sustainable change for SRHR.

We also believe in the importance of engaging new, identified drivers of change that contribute to stronger and more inclusive SRHR movements and that play a distinctive part in unfolding our theory of change.

Six partnership principles

Across the wide range of partners, our partnership approach is based on six principles inspired by the Istanbul principles for CSO Development and Effectiveness as well as by our vast experience in collaborating with a wide range of international partners.

However, the principles primarily draw on our years of experience in different partnership modalities and not least on feedback from our partners themselves.

  1. Shared Values
  2. Complementarity and Value added

  3. Autonomy and Empowerment

  4. Transparency and Multiple Accountability

  5. Mutual learning

  6. Equitable partnerships and solidarity


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