Approach: the way we work

Our work is women-centred, rights-based and builds lasting change. In all our projects, we leave no one behind. Our approach includes men and boys, but we put women’s priorities at the centre of everything we do.

Women and girls are experts on their bodies and lives, so our projects address their priorities and meet their needs. Human rights apply to everyone, and this underpins our rights-based approach. Ultimately, we care about lasting change, and that means changing behaviour as well as changing systems.


By measuring our results, we understand how change happens and which interventions are most effective. At the same time, we use evidence from literature and take a close look at programme evaluations when we design new programmes.

Our approach: women-centred, rights based & sustainable

How we contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being

Health is a fundamental human right, and it is at the core of our work to ensure healthy lives for all. It's not just about achieving good physical health but also caring about people’s general well-being.

SDG 5 – Gender Equality

Communities benefit if women and girls have equal access to education, healthcare and work. Society also benefits from female representation in political and economic decision-making processes. This is why we focus on women and improving their rights.

SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

We intentionally combine water, sanitation and hygiene in many of our projects, because access to these three basics is essential for our health, environment and a thriving economy.

SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

All Simavi projects include collaborations with partner organisations worldwide because, like the UN, we believe that the Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved through powerful and meaningful partnerships.

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Getting the basics right for women and girls

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