This brief describes the evidence from interventions that use reflective dialogue, interpersonal communication, mass and/or social media, digital technologies, or a combination of these channels to fortify or shift social norms to increase social support for voluntary family planning.
Our training materials can be used to introduce a broad range of audiences and backgrounds to important concepts related to gender and health. Each training course focuses on one of five themes that complement the CORE Gender 101 agenda: Gender Integration, HIV + Sexuality, Safe Motherhood, Gender-Based Violence, and Constructive Male Engagement. The courses are designed to meet the geographic and technical needs of cooperating agencies, USAID Missions, and specific projects. Materials range from basics such as using a shared gender vocabulary and programmatic guidance, to user guides on how to conduct a gender analysis, to exercises for gender trainings. The trainings are geared to be used by anyone and with any audience, even those learning about gender for the first time!
Our popular Gender Integration Continuum framework is an important tool to assess how programs do (or do not) address gender and move them toward more gender-transformative actions. An updated User’s Guide for facilitating training on use of the continuum is available, along with other materials.
CHARISMA is an empowerment-based, counselor-administered intervention that was adapted into a mobile-friendly, self-administered website, CHARISMA Mobile. The brief explains CHARISMA Mobile’s purpose and how to use the online content to support women and adolescent girls and young women, including how to adapt it for different audiences or contexts.
This brief provides evidence linking couple communication to family planning and reproductive health outcomes, and documents evidence from numerous studies that describe the role of social and behavior change interventions in facilitating this critical behavior. At community and social levels, social norms also influence an individual’s or couple’s desire for, and access to, family planning methods.
This brief explains the link between four individual level factors—knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and self-efficacy—and family planning outcomes. It also documents social and behavioral change interventions that have addressed these factors and been effective at improving family planning outcomes. The brief finds that, at the interpersonal level, couple communication and joint decision-making is particularly important in the voluntary uptake of contraceptive methods.
This paper focuses on promising practices from shelter, hosting, and alternative care guidance and procedures that mitigate gender-based violence (GBV) risks. It is envisaged that this review will inform the development of a practical guidance resource and a key messages brief that address GBV risk mitigation in private and community-based accommodation provided to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
This case study reviews and captures the progress made in ensuring domestic and external resources are mobilized for RMNCAH+N interventions; how the process has catalyzed prioritization of RMNCAH+N within decentralized systems; improvements in the health indicators; engagement and coordination of all actors including civil society and other stakeholders; and enhancement of mutual accountability across all actors.