Our year in one page
Simavi realises structural improvement to the health conditions of people in marginalised communities in Africa and Asia. By tackling WASH and SRHR issues we can stop preventable diseases and boost social and economic development.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights
In 2014 we further implemented our Theory of Change.
All our programmes are based on its three integrated pillars, which we work on simultaneously in order to realise long-lasting change.
These are the three pillars.
We empower communities to ensure they will demand quality services and engage in healthy behaviour.
We create an environment where everybody from the local communities to the private sector to local, regional and national government level is actively involved in a community’s health situation.
We ensure that good quality Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services are available, affordable, sustainable and accessed by the people who need them.
By working simultaneously on the three pillars, we are able to change health and WASH systems and realise sustainable improvement to the health conditions of people in marginalised communities in Africa and Asia.
People understand what is important for the health situation in their villages. People take care of their health, for example by washing hands or using antenatal care services.
people were directly reached with WASH and/or SRHR education.
We ensure that every party involved works together towards realising sustainable, long-lasting improvement of basic health.
recommendations or advocacy issues were adopted by authorities.
We realise significant growth in the effective and sustainable use of WASH and SRHR services.
people got access to WASH or SRHR services.
We want to show that our Theory of Change works. That is why we developed a new Results Monitoring Framework to define how we measure progress on all levels of our Theory of Change.
Within the Empowered Communities pillar we measure for example the impact of education.
We raise awareness and organise training and education sessions about WASH and SRHR themes.
We record the number of people who participated in these sessions and events.
Result after 2 years
We assess if people have increased knowledge (for example if they can mention five ways to prevent diseases spreading, like washing hands or using a condom).
Long term outcome
We can measure how many people have changed their behaviour and demonstrate healthy behaviour, like washing hands before eating or using antenatal care services during pregnancy.
Within the Enabling Environment pillar we measure for example the impact of training people on social accountability. Social accountability is a way for people from the community to influence policy and decision makers.
We train people from the communities we work with on policy influencing and social accountability.
We record the number of people trained.
Result after two years
We record the number of times a social accountability tool has been applied.
Long term outcome
We can measure how many recommendations or lobby issues have been definitively adopted by the government and how many laws or policies have been adapted.
Within the Sustainable Services pillar we measure for example the impact of improving services.
We train health workers to make services in health centres more youth and female friendly.
We record the number of people trained and specific training topics.
Result after two years
We record the number of health centres that have improved the access and quality of their services.
Long term outcome
We can measure how many people are actively using the services, for example by going to the clinic to give birth,instead of delivering at home with a traditional birth attendant. The fact that services are being used shows that clients are aware, and that the services are affordable and accessible.
people directly reached through SRHR education (target 902,943)
partner organisations adopted an advocacy plan (target 15)
people with access to SRHR services (target 1,031,213)
people directly reached through SRHR education (target 625,837)
community groups organising SRHR activities (target 243)
people with access to SRHR services (target 2,989,496)
people reached with education on WASH (target 760,740)
recommendations taken over by authorities (target 9)
people using WASH facilities (target 750,000)
people reached with education (target 418,558)
recommendations taken over by authorities (target 5)
people with access to WASH services (target 13,285)
18,706 people directly reached with WASH education (target 42,859)
policy influencing tools applied (target 18)
people with access to WASH (target 16,800)
These are our results. What do you think? Which pillar of our Theory of Change is most important to achieve results?
Our theory is based on the interaction between the three pillars. Simply constructing services is not sustainable. But if people are made aware of the issue and raise their voices, they will demand and use services. And if an enabling environment is created at the same time, stakeholders will be more receptive towards the community's demands. It is only when people are working simultaneously on the three pillars, that change happens. No one pillar is more important than another – we want to make that clear, so we tricked you, sorry!
Behind the Theory of Change is an international organisation working with partners around the world to improve the health of marginalised communities in Africa and Asia. The figures below provide an insight into the financial side of the organisation.
Income and expenditure
From every euro
Social enterprise Dopper provided substantial and long term support for our WASH projects in Nepal.
With the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery we started a new programme Making Periods Normal to enhance full participation of women in India.
CSA improved the sexual and reproductive health of young Kenyans by providing information and making health services youth friendly.
Campaigns and events in the Netherlands
During our Walking for Water campaign, 15,783 pupils from 210 Dutch primary schools walked 6 kilometres while carrying 6 litres of water in their backpack. Together they raised €324,000, a fantastic amount!
During World Toilet Day we ran a campaign called Let’s give a shit! to raise awareness about the lack of sanitation and its consequences. We reached over 48,000 Facebook users.
These are our goals for 2015
We would love to hear what you think about them!