Share-Net Research Grants

A proportion of the budget of Share-Net International is allocated to Grants for research and innovation on priority topics that have been identified following local agenda setting and mapping exercises. To avoid conflict of interest in the allocation of research funds the Ministry has agreed that all such funds and calls will be handled by NWO/WOTRO.

To learn more about the Research Grants of Share-Net International please click here or on any of the awarded research grants in Bangladesh & Burundi stated below.

Awarded Research Grants Bangladesh

  1. Breaking the shame. Towards improving SRHR education for adolescents and youth in Bangladesh
  2. The Campus Hero Café: Engaging Young Men and Boys in the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the Prevention of Violence in Bangladesh
  3. Psychodrama as transformative intervention in the SRH of young men in urban slums in Dhaka; proof of a novel approach
  4. Migration, livelihoods and SRHR: A triple case-study of young female migrants (YFMs) in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  5. Digital Sister for Urban Youth: Using New Technology For Effective SRHR Communication for Urban Youth of Bangladesh

Awarded Research Grants Burundi

  1. Combating sexual violence in Burundi: a community and evidence-based approach
  2. Empowering young women in Bujumbura to improve their sexual and reproductive health and rights and claim to their rights
  3. Young Burundians tactical agency regarding sexual relations and decision making: From participatory research to evidence-based and practically relevant sexuality education
  4. Sexual and Reproductive Health of youth and adults with disabilities in Bujumbura – Burundi (HANDI-SSR)

On 15 July 2016 the call for proposals on Jordan has been launched. Awarded Research Grants for Jordan will be shared on this page in the near future.

Share-Net Small Grants

In addition to the research coordinated through NWO/WOTRO a small grants fund has been established to further the aims of Share-Net International. This fund is open to all members of Share-Net International for any of the following activities.

  • Execution of research/evaluation projects, including operational research
  • Dissemination to policy makers and practitioners of recommendations, research findings, articles, etc.
  • Implementation of research findings, recommendations and evaluations.
  • Strengthening local capacity activities, relating to knowledge management
  • Organising or attending meetings conferences etc.
  • Conducting literature reviews, scoping studies, capitalisation and mapping activities
  • Bringing together people for proposal writing
  • Promotion of the knowledge platform within focus countries

Small grants are available for work in the focus countries to address the prioritised research needs and also for any low or middle income country.

2014 Awarded Small Grants

  1. dance4life

    The power of confident young people: a comparison study of the effects of an edutainment approach to sexuality education for youth.

    Aim: The aim of this project is to conduct a comparative study to investigate the added values of an entertainment education and empowerment approach to sexuality education for youth.

    • dance4life Infographic

  2. GNP+

    From research to action in Burundi: Using evidence gathered by people living with HIV to inform advocacy.

    Aim: The aim is to develop evidence-driven advocacy to promote the SRHR of people living with HIV in Burundi.

    • GNPplus presentation

  3. i+solutions (UAFC)

    Getting the hearts and minds of Bangladesh stakeholders ready for the introduction of female condoms (based on the experience of global UAFC and local HLL/HLFPPT condom knowledge and infrastructure).

    Aim: Organize, inform, discuss and align with all relevant stakeholders in Bangladesh, on getting FC introduced and used by women and girls (and men) in Bangladesh.

    i+ solutions UAFC presentation

  4. International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

    Exploring youth explicit media usage to improve the responsiveness of CSE programs in the Great Lakes Region.

    Aim: This research project aims to explore young people’s exposure to sexually explicit media in the African Great Lakes region and the extent to which it influences their sexual indentity development. The findings will help to create CSE programming that is better equiped to respond to the realities in their local contexts.

    • Article Pornography and Sex education in Eastern Africa

  5. Oxfam Novib

    Women and girls in charge of their own sexual and reproductive health to fulfil their potential in society.

    Aim: Through this grant Oxfam Novib would like to have 7 gender power analysis conducted in 7 countries and have several assumptions tested with the aim to inform and strengthen existing national SRHR lobby and advocacy efforts from a women’s rights perspective.

    • Oxfam novib report

    • Oxfam novib annex 1

    • Oxfam novib annex 2

    • Oxfam novib annex 3

    • Oxfam novib annex 4

  1. Prayas & Population Research Centre (PRC), University of Groningen

    Assessing the impact of a novel research based intervention to improve access to contraceptive choices among HIV infected women from Western India.

    Aim: The primary aim of this proposal is to assess impact of an existing research based intervention designed to assist HIV infected women and men to make more informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health.

    • PRC Prayas report

    Article Rights-based written narratives on SRH

  2. Radboud UMC: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

    Understanding differentials in district performance in adolescent reproductive health service quality & coverage in Rwanda.

    Aim: The aim of the project is to corroborate some of the claims that have recently been made – by policy makers, health practitioners, scientists and representative from international agencies, including WHO – that Rwanda has achieved remarkable progress in several key health indicators, including sexual and reproductive health.

    • Radboud UMC Rwanda presentation

  3. Simavi

    Mobile for Mothers: Is a mobile application the way forward to improving safe motherhood? A quasi-experimental study in India.

    Simavi MfM poster 1

    • Simavi MfM poster 2

  4. University of Amsterdam (UvA): department of Sociology and Anthropology Centre for Social Science and Global Health

    Lessons learned on programmatic collaboration between key populations: A case study of BUZA’s Bridging the Gaps – Health and rights for key populations global alliance.

    Aim: The aim of this proposal is to conduct operational research on lessons learned regarding programmatic collaboration between organisations representing key populations. With documentation and publication as output.

    • UvA Bridging the Gaps presentation

    • UvA Bridging the Gaps report

2015 Awarded Small Grants

  1. Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS)

    Exploration of mental health needs and support systems among the LGBT population in Bangladesh.

    Aim: Aimed at generating recommendations for improving the mental health state of the LGBT population, the proposed work is designed to address three broad objectives with separate sets of specific
    objectives as follows,
    I. Acquire in-depth understanding of mental health state of LGBT population.
    I.a Explore psychosocial context of the LGBT,
    I.b Identify the major mental health problems,
    I.c Explore the root causes of these problems,
    I.d Explore the impact of the mental health problems on other aspects of life (especially sexual and reproductive health),
    II. Explore available support systems for LGBT population.
    II.a Explore coping strategies adopted by the LGBT,
    II.b Explore available external support services,
    II.c Identify barriers to access these support systems,
    III. Generate recommendations and action plan to improve the mental health state of the LGBT population in Bangladesh.

    • BSWS LGBT presentation

  2. BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University (BIED, BRAC U)

    Basic Life Skills for Psycho-social Wellbeing of Transgender Youths in Bangladesh

    Aim: This project has two components; capacity building through training and research. The training component aims to enable the young transgender people to build their confidence and self acceptance to enable them to lead life where they can make informed decisions.
    The research component aims to explore the perception of transgender youths on their freedom and right about their sexual and reproductive aspects.
    Output of this project will include greater respect on their sexuality and better knowledge on their rights. It will also include a knowledge generation report about how young transgender people perceive their identity, rights and social acceptance which will be disseminated among the Share-Net members and stakeholders to use this evidence for more transgender responsive activities.

    • BRAC U Transgender Youth presentation

  3. dance4life

    Developing a case based model: mobilising corporate companies’ resources to ensure sustainability of youth-focused SRHR programs.

    Aim: To invigorate the youth sector by strenghtening the capacity of civil society organisations working with youth in the field of SRHR in India through developing an effective and sustainable case based model of mobilising local corporate resources.

    • dance4life Practical guide toolkit

  4. Kyrgyz Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (KOAGN)

    Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan)

    Aim: Delivering in Central Asia is risky for women in general and for specific groups in particular, due to the absence of awareness under providers on rights-based and clients-centred approaches. Women in maternities are striped off human dignity, while almost all deliveries take place in those facilities. Associations of midwives and ob/gyns lack an ethical code that guides them towards prevention of life threatening neglect, disrespect and abuse of women-in-labour and after. The project aims to raise the awareness on the need to respect rights of all women in birth facilities and specifically it intends to include an ethical code in the constitution of the professional organisations for midwives and ob/gyns in Kyrgyzstan, as a pilot that provides evidence for the other countries an ethical guiding principle contributes to enhanced respect of reproductive rights, and so to enhanced quality of services, and so to life saving conditions in maternities in Central Asia.

    • KOAGN presentation

    KOAGN report (English from p58 onwards)

  5. RedOrange Media and Communications

    DECODING SRHR: A Digital Toolkit for better understanding of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Bangladesh

    Aim: The main goal or aim of this proposal is to develop a digital toolkit on ‘Understanding SRHR’ for policy makers, program implementers and practitioners in Bangladesh working for SRHR. The goal is to provide better understanding and interpretation of comprehensive SRHR in the context of development in Bangladesh. Informed by a Scoping Study on existing understanding, interpretation and agenda setting practices amongst the leading stakeholders in SRHR, the intended outputs will be making a digital toolkit available for all members of Share Net Bangladesh, in both Bangla and English, to contribute in providing with a standard and common understanding  of SRHR (meaning and agenda at both global and local levels); increasing the existing capacity of various actors in the said field to have better policy and programs.

    • RedOrange Decoding SRHR presentation

  6. The Dutch Working Party on International Safe Motherhood & Reproductive Health

    Long term International partnership Department Obstetrics & Gynecology of the University of Gondar and affiliated health centres, Ethiopia and Dutch Working Party on International Safe Motherhood & Reproductive Health; step 1: capacity building in emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

    Aim: This proposal is part of the first step in a planned long term (3 year) partnership between the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G) of the University of Gondar and affiliated health centres, Ethiopia (GU) and the Dutch Working Party on International Safe Motherhood & Reproductive Health (WP-ISMRH). The present grant application is to cover the initial need assessment on-site, and the introduction of the globally renowned Liverpool School Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) training for both referral hospital (GU) and affiliated health centres. The aim of this unique collaboration is that all health care providers in the region will use the same EmONC definitions and protocols. Ultimately, it would not matter in which health facility in Gondar region a woman receives her health care, as all centres will use the same initial assessment and emergency care. We expect that this will have a considerable positive effect on the motivation of staff and improvement of quality of care (third delay). The knowledge and skills of trainees and quality of obstetric care in all departments and health centres will be assessed during ongoing training and evaluation visits.

    • ISM&RH presentation

  7. UMC Utrecht

    Preventing post-partum haemorrhage: task shifting in the Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour.

    Aim: The aims of this proposal are firstly to complete the UTAMP trial with regard to patient recruitment, data entry and data validation. The second aim is to analyze and disseminate the results to the wider research, policy, advocacy, and clinical community in reproductive health care
    in low resource settings, in Ghana, the Netherlands and internationally. And thirdly, to assemble a consortium of (international) partners to identify future research priorities for task shifting in AMTSL.

    • UMC Utrecht presentation

  8. University of Amsterdam (UvA)

    Involuntarily childlessness ‘ low cost’ IVF and fertility organisations in Ghana and Kenya: enhancing knowledge and awareness.

    The aims of the study are:
    • To disseminate knowledge and increase awareness about infertility and childlessness among relevant stakeholders (policy makers, NGOs, and donors
    • To generate insights about the (potential) impact of activities undertaken to address infertility in resource poor areas (Ghana and Kenya particularly)

    • UvA Childlessness presentation

2016 Awarded Small Grants

  1. BRAC University (BRAC)

    Exploring sexuality of physically disabled people through photo‐narratives in Bangladesh.

    Aim: Aim of the proposal is to start critical discussions and advocacy around disability, sexuality and SRHR in Bangladesh and initiate interventions around SRHR for disabled adolescents and youth.

  2. i+solutions

    Willingness to pay for male and female condoms among urban Kenyans.

    Aim: The aim of the project is to explore the willingness of consumers to pay for condoms (male and female) that will inform estimation of potential demand and pricing strategies in the commercial market.

  3. University of Amsterdam (UvA)

    CSE, teachers and formal and informal curricula: a qualitative analysis on the role of teachers in enhancing young women and men’s SRHR.

    The proposal aims to:
    • Gain a better understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of CSE programmes in the Global South, with a focus on the approach taken to addressing various forms of gender-based violence, including child marriage (Literature review on CSE);
    • Investigate the role of teachers and classroom practices in efforts to enhance young men and women’s SHRH, particularly in addressing child marriage in Ethiopia (Case Study in Ethiopia);
    • Disseminate knowledge to policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders in Ethiopia and NL by organizing workshops;
    • Strengthen the knowledge generation and dissemination capacity of DEC.

  4. United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA)

    Socio- cultural opportunities and barriers to accessing family planning in jordan: a qualitative study

    Poster – GERRITSMA et al. 2017. Socio-cultural barriers to contraception among Palestine refugees in Jordan

  5. Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD)

    A Study on the Status Quo of Reproductive Health Programs in Relation to Persons with Disabilities

    The aims of the study are:
    • To identify the reproductive health programs in Jordan that address PWDs needs.
    • To raise awareness and combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with disabilities, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life.
    • To measure the level of awareness among PWDs and their families in their right to access reproductive health programs in Jordan that address their needs on equal basis.

  6. ISV/Centre Seruka

    Renforcement des capacités du système de documentation des cas de violences basées sur le genre au Burundi

    Aim: Capacity Building of the Documentation System on Cases of Gender-based Violence in Burundi.


    Collaboration réactive entre acteurs promotion SSR des adolesc et jeunes: province Cibitoke

    Aim: Collaboration between Stakeholders in the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Youth in Burundi.