Small Grants

Learn more about the Share-Net International Small Grants

The Share-Net International Small Grants Facility is one of the methodologies of SNI to support knowledge management activities amongst the members. These grants provide funding for applied research, documentation of practices and the creation of knowledge products for improving policy and practice in SRHR. They also provide the opportunity to improve the work of our members and facilitate the development of knowledge products that are otherwise difficult to get funded. 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 policymakers 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.

The small grants round 2021 is now open! Check the call and requirements here.

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2020 Awarded Small Grants

  1. Kotha Bangladesh
    Peer Education 101: For Us by Us

    Aim: To tackle the issues outlined above and catalyze the formation of new youth-led initiatives, we aim to produce Peer Education 101: For Us by Us, a digital open-access peer educator training module to help promote the practice of Peer Education models in SRHR and CSE programs in Bangladesh.
  2. mPower Social Enterprises
    Chatbot for educating and supporting adolescents and youths on SRHR issues

    1.  Investigate and test a chatbot based approach to identify the knowledge gap and disseminate contextual and customized knowledge and support on SRHR issues among the youth and adolescents
    2. Design, develop, deploy, and popularise the chatbot among the target beneficiaries to facilitate tangible change in policy or practice.
    3. Documenting actual changes in policy and practice, related to work done through earlier Share-Net International grants of Share-Net members, and how these have been implemented.
  3. Architects of Change (in collaboration with RedOrange)
    Bridging the Gap between Mental Health and SRHR
    Aim: To generate knowledge that can be used as evidence to prove that SRHR and mental health are closely connected to each other and that one can achieve a healthy mental state only when their sexual and reproductive health and rights are properly addressed. The vision of this project is to see SRHR as an essential component of mental health in the National Mental Health Policy.
  4. Young Power in Social Action
    Introduce and Promote Disability-Inclusive Accessible SRHR for All.
    Aim: To enhance the dignity of people with disabilities as individuals and work their way out of ignorance by providing satisfactory information through a dedicated online informational platform, and also ensure their adequate rights by introducing and promoting a Disability-Inclusive Accessible SRHR guideline to ensure their happy personal life.
  5. Iprosarude
    Improving youth skills by using a hub innovation

    1. To provide technical support in the development of life skills for adolescents in Burundi
    2. To test a Digital Library model for SRHR among young people aged 10-24 in the intervention area of the joint programme
    3. To evaluate the changes induced in young people using the application compared to a control group
  6. Twubake (in collaboration with FastSup)
    Promoting digital and event-based SRH education among youth and parents
    Aim: To accelerate the transformation of negative social norms and increase intergenerational dialogues on traditional subjects.
  7. CLACAI (in collaboration with KIT Royal Tropical Institute)
    The pandemic does not stop the right to abortion: how anti-rights groups are capitalising on their discourse
    Aim: To develop a toolkit on how to respond to anti-rights groups in COVID-19 times in Latin America. With this toolkit, we aim to provide organisations, professionals, individuals with a framework to develop their own strategies to use storytelling to draw out the voices from our work of expertise, learn to speak a language through which we can satisfactorily communicate abortion rights and stigma, and provide others with the tools to learn to speak our language.
  8. SAMA Resource Group for Women and Health
    Transforming capacities into advocacy-SRHR of young girls from marginalized communities in India
    Aim: To initiate processes of and spaces for dialogue and discussion amongst diverse constituents, such as key government academia, civil society organisations, health networks and activists, and public health representatives, so as to facilitate an exchange of ideas and lessons towards more inclusive health research.
  9. Health Care Accreditation Council (in collaboration with UNICEF)
    Promote Breastfeeding Initiation and Support
    Aim: To promote the wellbeing of mother and baby by encouraging breastfeeding practices with safe and no-harm principles and to upgrade the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Guide to include safe practices in an emergency situation, to ensure the continuation of protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services.
  10. Jordan University for Science and Technology (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, eHealth Development Association, University of Jordan and Health Care Accreditation Council)
    Developing a conceptual model for easy and safe access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services by women during the lockdown in Jordan
    Aim: To create a conceptual model for future applications when similar quarantine/lockdown occurs.
  11. RNW Media & Love Matters
    Investigating if gamifying online sexuality education content increases young people’s engagement and SRHR knowledge acquisition
    Aim: To investigate if integrating gamification elements in Love Matters sex education content improves young people’s engagement with and knowledge acquisition of risk-reducing sexuality education topics.
  12. University of Amsterdam
    Generating debate and visualising change: assessing the uptake of three visualisation tools in change processes geared to improving young people’s SRHR

    1. To document how three visualisation tools that were developed within the framework of a previous Share-Net Small Grants project have been used by local partners in Her Choice programme countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,
    2. To examine how these three tools have contributed to improving, respectively: i) the girl-friendliness of schools, ii) the quality of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in in-service teacher training and support, and iii) youth friendliness of health services and consequently leading to an environment for improved SRHR of young people, and
    3. To identify how the tools and accompanying guidelines can be improved in order to strengthen their uptake and enhance their utility in change processes geared to creating enabling environments to achieve young people’s SRHR.
  13. Simavi (in collaboration with the University of Dhaka)
    Exploring the factors that inhibit or contribute to the sustainability of school interventions on menstrual health

    1. To learn which elements of the interventions and contextual factors contribute to or inhibit the continuation of school interventions.
    2. To translate the conclusions into a paper that will be shared amongst (i)NGOs and used as input for advocacy messages of the MHM Platform in Bangladesh

Co-Creation Conference 2019

  1. Higher Population Council (in collaboration with Freelance consultants)
    A Policy Brief on “The role of localization and multisectoral approaches in sustaining SRHR programmes and accountability in crisis and fragility situation.”
    Aim: To institutionalise multisectoral accountability in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and to enhance coordination between the various relevant stakeholders for improving access to quality SRHR for people affected by crisis and fragility in Jordan.
  2. King Hussein Foundation – Institute for Family Health (in collaboration with Higher Population Council)
    Know-how of early marriage prevention (knowledge & practice)
    Aim: To expand the knowledge practice of early marriage prevention to influence policymakers and practitioners of national and international NGOs through a video.
  3. International Planned Parenthood Federation (in collaboration with RedOrange Media and Communication, King Hussain medical centre, & Association Burundaise Pour le Bien-Être Familial)
    Speak out – Break the silence around sub/infertility
    Aim: 1) To break the silence around (sub/in)fertility, address social/gender norms, and propose accessible and affordable interventions via short film; 2) To sensitize audience, especially policymakers and global influencers, through providing facts and real stories; and 3) To ensure policymakers and influencers are willing to act and provide supports.
  4. University of Sistan and Baluchestan (in collaboration with IPAS, Dhiverse, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, & Kabul University
    The Call for the Attention of Social Media and Virtual Social Networks Activists to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Conference WG: Communities at the centre of the response
    Aim: 1) Drawing the attention of social media and virtual social networks activists to the sexual and reproductive health rights especially for people affected by conflict, fragility, and crisis; 2) Affecting policymakers, policies, communities and NGOs through social media and virtual social networks to improve sexual and reproductive health indexes particularly in Afghanistan and Iran.
  5. RedOrange Media and Communications (in collaboration with Jordan University of Science and Technology, & independent consultants)
    Breaking the silence around infertility
    Aim: To develop a policy brief for SRHR programmes to engage policymakers and other stakeholders to invest in this issue at the national level.

2018 Awarded Small Grants

  1. Results in Health
    Jembatan: Developing a replicable model and practical tool for integrating infertility in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) plans and programmes
    Aim: To upscale and improve interventions to address infertility by stimulating exchange and collaboration between infertility support groups and NGOs focusing on SRHR.

  2. Dance4Life
    Raising awareness and stimulating discussions around the link between attitudes of Indonesian youngsters on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, and their feelings of self-respect, happiness and love
    Aim: 1) to gain quantitative insights into how empowerment and the dreams and aspirations of young people (18-30 years old) in Indonesia relate to their attitudes on SRHR, and 2) to raise awareness and stimulate a discussion around these within the broader SRHR community to influence programming, campaigning and advocacy.

  3. PSI-Europe
    #Menstrual Health Matters
    Aim: To effectively communicate the project solutions coming out of the design briefs, informing key-decision makers and enabling a holistic agenda setting for MHM.

  4. CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
    Evidence-based Advocacy: Championing SexEd in Europe (CSE)
    Aim: To translate the research findings on the Evidence-based Advocacy: Championing SexEd in Europe (CSE) project into a call for action for tangible policy reform at the EU level.

  5. James P Grant School Of Public Health, BRAC University
    Where Do They Go?: Documentary on Accessibility of SRHR Services for Single Working Women in Urban Bangladesh
    Aim: To understand and showcase the challenges single working women in Urban Bangladesh face and the choices they make in order to navigate their lives in a society that often overlooks their sexual reproductive health and rights.

  6. University of Jordan 
    Development of a national action plan to integrate SRHR topics into educational settings in Jordan: a deliberative dialogue approach
    Aim: Develop outcome indicators for baseline assessment and future evaluation of the effectiveness of integrating youth SRH information programs into higher education (HE) curriculum in Jordan.

2017 Awarded Small Grants

  1. The University of Jordan and the Royal Health Awareness Society (RAHS)
    Development of outcome indicators to assess the impact of integrating youth sexual reproductive health information programs into higher education curriculum in Jordan.
    Aim: To create a new programme to integrate SRH with other efforts to improve education and information for health promotion in the curriculum.

  2. Jordan University of Science & Technology, Faculty of Medicine/Faculty of Nursing
    Maternal and newborn services in Jordan: Rapid Health Facility Assessment.
    Aim: Determine the capacity of health facilities to provide obstetric and neonatal care and assess the quality of care provided during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods.

  3. Jordan University of Science and Technology
    The Positive effect of father’s involvement during maternity care for his wife.
    Aim: To develop, implement and evaluate an intervention to promote father inclusion of MNH. In addition, they want to promote active fathers’ inclusion in MNH. Finally, to enhance community awareness and advocacy for the positive role of fathers.

  4. Independent member
    Using the score card‘s dialogue as a way to address the disrespectful and abusive behaviour of health workers towards pregnant women at childbirth services in Burundi.
    Aim: The aim of the scorecard session is to identify causes for staff poor behavior and to help to find a commonly agreed solution by providing a platform for health providers, women and community members to discuss the issue and propose solutions.
  5. James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
    Documentary on sexual diversity in Bangladesh: Narratives of LGB Youth.
    Aim: Explaining sexual diversity through a video, and using it to initiate dialogues with policymakers, government officials and youth in Bangladesh.

  6. RedOrange Media and Communications
    “Translating SRHR”: an English – Bangla Dictionary Application.
    Aim: To develop a user – friendly SRHR dictionary application that can be used on cell phones, laptops and tablets.

  7. Turning Point Foundation
    Promote SRHR and Inclusion in the Government’s National Plan of Action on Adolescent Health Strategy 2017-2030 in Bangladesh.
    Aim: To enable 60 adolescents from marginalized groups to review and provide inputs in the National Plan of Action on Adolescent Health Strategy 2017-2030 through enhancing their knowledge and confidence. In addition, they want to promote the inclusion of that group in the Plan mentioned above through advocacy.

  8. PSI Europe
    To Porn, Or Not To Porn? That Is The Question: Addressing the Lack of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Ethiopia.
     The aim of this proposal is to address these growing educational and emotional needs through a CSE product that provides relevant, readily accessible information about sex and sexual and reproductive health care.

  9. University Medical Centre Utrecht
    From research to practice: the value of five years of maternal health research collaboration in Ghana.
    Aim: First of all, it aims to illustrate the value of research and research capacity building to improve maternal health in Ghana. the second aim is to share and build support for the value of maternal health research in Ghana and the Netherlands.

  10. Aidsfonds
    Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice: a participatory process to translate research into action.
    Aim: To tailor the findings to the needs of each target audience (alliance partners, country partners, policymakers), to be able to effectively promote changes in policies and practice. The outcomes of the additional analysis of the country case studies will help us to translate the research into action plans and into products to be used by each of the target audiences, for improved collaboration and for evidence-based advocacy.

  11. CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
    Capacity-strengthening for national-level policy change: Europe Unite for CSE rights!
    Aim: They aim to advocate for the implementation of CSE programs in Eastern Europe, firstly by creating a supportive environment for CSE integration in national-level policies.

  12. Oxfam Novib
    Social Norms underpinning SRHR violations in Nigeria: translating research for use in influencing policy and practice.
    Aim: The aim is to translate the research on deepened understanding about social norms in Nigeria into materials useful for the ‘ENOUGH’ campaign, which Oxfam will co-create and implement with local partners including women and human rights organisations and youth movements.

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 the 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.
    Aim: 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 address 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 policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders in Ethiopia and NL by organizing workshops; and 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
    Aim: To improve the access of contraception by understanding currently existing socio-cultural barriers and opportunities for accessing contraception among Palestinian 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
    Aim: 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; and 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 an 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 adolescents et jeunes: province Cibitoke
    Aim: Collaboration between Stakeholders in the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Youth in Burundi.

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,

    1. Acquire an in-depth understanding of the mental health state of the LGBT population
    2. Explore available support systems for the LGBT population.
    3. Generate recommendations and an action plan to improve the mental health state of the LGBT population in Bangladesh.
  1. 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 a 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. The output of this project will include greater respect for their sexuality and better knowledge of 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.

  2. 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 strengthening 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.

  3. 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 stripped 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 the 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.

  4. 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 policymakers, program implementers, and practitioners in Bangladesh working for SRHR. The goal is to provide a 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 among 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.

  5. 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 years) 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 the quality of obstetric care in all departments and health centres will be assessed during ongoing training and evaluation visits.

  6. UMC Utrecht
    Preventing postpartum haemorrhage: task shifting in the Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour.
    Aim: The aims of this proposal are first 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.

  7. University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Involuntarily childlessness ‘ low cost’ IVF and fertility organisations in Ghana and Kenya: enhancing knowledge and awareness.
    Aim: The aims of the study are to disseminate knowledge and increase awareness about infertility and childlessness among relevant stakeholders (policymakers, NGOs, and donors); to generate insights about the (potential) impact of activities undertaken to address infertility in resource-poor areas (Ghana and Kenya particularly)

2014 Awarded Small Grants

  1. Dance4life
    The power of confident young people: a comparative 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.

  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.

  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.

  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 identity development. The findings will help to create CSE programming that is better equipped to respond to the realities in their local contexts.

  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.

  6. 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 the 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.

  7. 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 policymakers, health practitioners, scientists, and representatives from international agencies, including WHO – that Rwanda has achieved remarkable progress in several key health indicators, including sexual and reproductive health.

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

  9. 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.