Our Programmers

  • Reproductive Health -improved SHR services/ provision of high quality youth friendly SRH services (YFS).
  • Sex Education-Comprehensive and informed sexuality Education that the youth can rely on.
  • SRHR Advocacy-combating / Fighting sexual and gender-based violence among youth and society at large.
  • Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations on SRHR, organizational development and on issue based advocacy
  • Engaging stakeholders to promote sexual and reproductive rights.
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Four Areas for Action of the AmplfyChange Network Grant

Capacity Building

The Alliance will work with 50 NGOs (prioritising NGOs which are recipients of AmplifyChange grants) and build their thematic understanding on issues related to Child Marriage (CM). To support their institutional strengthening, jointly with these NGOs, develop a common action plan with a focus on developing their skills around advocacy, documentation, data use and resource mobilization. Along with a common action plan the Alliance Partners will provide customized support to these NGOs based on their specific needs. Based on the location of the NGOs the Alliance can organize exposure visits for the NGOs to their project sites and help build their capacity to interface with the government as well as donors. This critical mass of 50 NGOs with enhanced capacity will build capacity of the local self-governments, the Child Protection Committees (CPCs) and local CBOs to proactively respond to issues around CM. It will facilitate information, skills, and group formation with girls in combination with community mobilization and advocate for the eradication of child marriage. The Alliance will also advocate and activate the Vigilance Committee of the local self-government and develop certain tools such as a Standard Operating Protocol, a case management guide for addressing complicated cases and a referral directory to help them better manage cases of Child Marriage and train them on these tools.

Evidence Gathering

The Alliance will develop a vulnerability assessment tool for identifying girls potentially most at-risk of getting married based on some pre-determined criteria (school drop-out, orphan, etc). The Alliance will work with some of the CSOs to pilot this tool and build capacity of the Village Child Protection Committees and adolescent groups to use this tool which can help in tracking children who are most vulnerable. Jointly with the CSOs the Alliance will compile and document all the different approaches to prevent CM that have been tried by organizations in different settings which can then be used by other organizations to inform their advocacy work on CM. There are various government schemes which provide incentives and economic support to girls and their families, but are being implemented differently by different states. Engaging the different CSOs and using their ground level experience the Alliance will conduct a review of the implementation of these schemes in different states and prepare a best practices document. This will be used for evidence based advocacy with different states for better implementation of the existing schemes. There is a Government of India Strategy on CM, but this has not been adapted by all states to develop a state specific strategy on CM. Based on a review of available state-specific CM strategies, the Alliance will advocate for developing state specific CM strategy for other states – specifically three states proposed in this project.

Communications

The Alliance partners will leverage their existing links with the media (both print and visual) for more reporting on the issue of CM to build public pressure to stop CMs. We will work with journalists from both the District and State level Press Clubs in the 3 states and one Press Convention on the issue of CM in each of these states. The Alliance will link the journalists with different CSOs to cover stories on CMs and in the process also build capacity of the CSOs in engaging with the media. We will partner with a group called ‘Community Volunteers’ who are into investigative journalism on social issues and will develop community videos on CM at no cost as part of this project. The 5 Alliance partners and the 50 CSOs who they will work in the 3 states will have CM as their focus organisational theme for the duration of the project period and use their own events/meetings and social media such as their own websites, facebook page, twitter to highlight the issue of CM. All will have ‘End Child Marriage’ as the key theme to observe on certain days such Day of the Girl Child, Children’s Day, Women’s Day and also try to reach out to celebrities in the State to have them speak against the issue of CM. The Alliance will try to use creative ways to use the rich heritage of folk art of the 3 states to communicate messages about CM in the community. Since the project intended to benefit the illiterate both traditional and social media will be used for communication and advocacy.

Networking

The Alliance will use the regional platform provided by SAIEVAC – a SAARC initiative which has ‘ending violence against children’ as one of its mandate and representation from 7 South Asian countries including India. As part of SAIEVAC each country has a National Action Coordination Group (NACG) and one of the Alliance partners – CINI is a NACG member. The Alliance will use this platform through CINI to share evidence and lessons from the project at the regional level and also bring back experiences of other countries on CM to the Alliance partners. The vulnerability tool developed will also be shared to be adapted and piloted in other country contexts in Asia.

  • To ensure inter-sectoral collaboration the Alliance partners will collaborate with NGOs working on education to advocate on the issue of retaining girls in school which is one of the key strategies to prevent early marriages.
  • Networking with the State Commissions for Protection of Children in different states and leveraging some of their meetings to share lessons learnt will also be important.
  • The Alliance partners will collaborate with a variety of non-traditional partners including NGOs which work with boys to engage them on the issue of CM and also with organizations working on legal literacy to promote awareness about the laws against CM.
  • The Self Help Group (SHG) Federation is another new actor with which the Alliance will work to leverage SHGs to reach out to women to address CM.