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Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change summarises our purpose and way of working. Our expertise areas are reflected at the bottom: menstrual health, maternal health, bodily integrity, water and sanitation, and hygiene. These are the areas in which we combine our focus on women and our specific expertise on WASH and SRHR.

Above that, our implementing partners are reflected: the NGOs and other civil society organisations that play a key role in the design and implementation of the programmes in the 10 countries that we work in. These organisations have in-depth knowledge of the specific context they work in, including the culture and national policies, networks and speak the local languages.

Next, starting from the bottom row as depicted in the image above, we identify the main actors that play a role in our programmes. Women and girls are in the centre as they are central to everything we do. Because often, women and girls do not live in isolation, men and community stakeholders play a key role in our programmes too. We also work with public and private service providers as well as local and national governments to ensure access to services as well as a women-friendly policy environment.

On the next row we present our main strategies, in which our in-country partners play a key role. We have summarised the main approaches that form the basis of our programmes in five strategies.
Each of these strategies involves different actors and contributes to several outcomes.

This is key to a Theory of Change: it is not linear. The five outcomes in the next column identify the five areas of change that we believe are essential to achieve our impact: a world in which all women and girls are socially and economically empowered to pursue their right to a healthy life, without coercion, discrimination and violence. This is how we contribute to our mission: a healthy life for all.

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