The NWO WOTRO Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research programme aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights. The programme strives to contribute to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices, with a special focus on empowering young people and key populations as specified per call.

The research programme strives to generate new knowledge and insights that contribute to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices. Fields of interest of this call, with a specific focus on young people and some key populations, are:

  • Improved understanding of realities, enabling factors and barriers to SRHR information and services;
  • Improved access to information and quality health and social services;
  • Informed choices and decision-making processes related to SRHR.

About the SHRH research programme

SRHR is one of the priority policy areas of Dutch development cooperation. To strengthen the knowledge base of this policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has installed the Knowledge Platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Share-net International. This platform plays a central role in identifying and articulating knowledge demands, formulating research questions and promoting knowledge exchange.

The SRHR research programme implements the research component of the Knowledge Platform. NWO-WOTRO develops and manages the calls for research proposals and cooperates with Share-Net International on knowledge sharing activities related to the research programme and the projects funded. Research proposals will be assessed using independent peer review and an international advisory committee. Decisions on funding will be made by a programme committee with representatives of the funding partners.

NWO-WOTRO advocates and facilitates research funding for equitable development. Such research is needed to meet global challenges and to strengthen the contribution of science to global society. NWO-WOTRO is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Read more about the SHRH research programme on the website of NWO WOTRO.


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