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Share-Net International: The Knowledge Platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The Platform’s focus is on strengthening the role knowledge can play in developing evidence-based policies and practices for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It also ensures that resources are used strategically, including in relation to the four core areas of Dutch policy on SRHR:

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Since its inception, Share-Net International has been implementing activities as a knowledge broker in the field of SRHR and HIV. Below the most important achievements are summarised.

1) Knowledge Generation

Research has been commissioned through several mechanisms. Small grants are solicited by the members for 25,000 Euro each, larger research grants are commissioned by NWO-WOTRO and other research is done through the working groups.

Small grants

In total 26 small grants have been implemented since the first call in 2014. During a dissemination event early 2017, 18 projects presented and discussed their findings. One call is published each year, and for each call 2 awards are available per country node.

NWO-WOTRO Research Grants

Three needs assessments have been carried out, including agenda setting exercises and mappings of stakeholders (Bangladesh, Burundi and Jordan). These informed the research calls published by NWO-WOTRO.

So far, three research grants have been awarded in Burundi and five for Bangladesh. In Jordan, pre-proposals have been submitted and full proposals are underway. Joint kick-off workshops are held for all country research projects in collaboration with NWO-WOTRO and the local country node of Share-Net.

Other Research

Share-Net Netherlands, through its working groups conducted the following research: 

  1. Literature Review HIV and SRHR integration;
  2. A background paper on Linking Research Policy and Practice
  3. A study on Private sector engagement in improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in developing countries;
  4. Survey Sexual Diversity;
  5. Survey SDGs;
  6. Background paper CSE and YFHS linkages

All studies were presented and discussed amongst members during thematic meetings. Share-Net Burundi commissioned two systematic reviews on:

  1. SRHR in Burundi;
  2. Performance Based Funding (PBF) and
  3. A literature review on the SRH of young people in Burundi.

Share-Net Jordan conducted a study on Child Marriage.

2) Knowledge Dissemination


Each year, Share-Net Netherlands distributes 20 bi-weekly newsletters to its subscribers (from 700 subscribers in 2014 to 916 in 2016). Three international newsletters were developed and disseminated under the lead of Share-Net Bangladesh together with Jordan, Burundi and the Netherlands. Each country node also produces their own newsletters.

Working Groups

Share-Net Netherlands has 11 working groups Burundi has established 6 working groups on youth-focused efforts, access to SRHR services, opportunities and barriers facing knowledge sharing, community contribution to SRH of adolescents, PBF, research and monitoring & evaluation (M&E). Share-Net Bangladesh does not work with fixed working groups as they have a more flexible system working with resource groups that are established based on the identified priority theme.

The Websites

The website for Share-Net International, Netherlands, Bangladesh and Burundi are designed, operational and maintained:


The website for Share-Net Jordan is expected to be launched in June 2017.

3) Knowledge translation and use

Policy briefs and infographics

Share-Net Netherlands developed a policy brief on contraception and abortion that explains why and how researchers, practitioners and policy makers can address the gap in women’s access to contraception and safe abortion in 2015. Share-Net Jordan is currently developing a policy brief based on the study conducted on Child Marriage (finalized and disseminated in May 2017). Share-Net Bangladesh developed two infographics: one around GBV and one for the World AIDS Day.

Thematic Meetings

Each year 4 thematic meetings are organised by Share-Net Netherlands together with the working groups active on the respective theme. One ‘extended’ 5-day thematic meeting was organised in 2016 around two interlinked thematic priorities (CSE and YFHS). Jordan organised a round table on Child Marriage and in Burundi all working group meet regularly. Bangladesh organises several meetings i.e. on menstrual hygiene and adolescent SRH.

4) Capacity Building

Share-Net International continuously and actively supports the in-country networks in effectively carrying out their functions through regular skype meetings and e-mail communication. Some examples of capacity building activities of 2016 are the following: 

  1. Write shop Share-Net Burundi: focused on strengthening proposal writing skills in the area of SRHR;
  2. Support visit to Share-Net Jordan: to support its establishment;
  3. Short course Share-Net Bangladesh: Behaviour Change Communication in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (BCC in SRHR).

5) Networking and membership

Share-Net International is a membership organisation (see table below) and the Dutch members pay an annual membership fee based on their annual turnover to Share-Net Netherlands.

Country Node Members


Each year Share-Net International participates in and attends several conferences, including organizing sessions and the Dutch booth. In addition, briefing and debriefing sessions are organised for members to jointly prepare for the conferences and to discuss relevant outcomes of the conferences. For example, Women Deliver, International AIDS ConferencesEuroNGOs and the national HIV/STI Congress. The country nodes also do participate in national and international conferences. For example, Share-Net Bangladesh organised a seminar on Universal Health Coverage Day, Share-Net Burundi co-organised a provincial celebration of World AIDS Day and participated in a launch event for the campaign 16 days against GBV. Share-Net Jordan participated and contributed to Women Deliver in 2016.

Meetings International Stakeholders

Each year the Knowledge Platform organises meetings with a diverse range of international stakeholders such as World Health Organization (WHO), Women DeliverGuttmacher Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Representatives from Netherlands Embassies in Bangladesh and Burundi are actively involved in the networks and their activities. Representatives from the Netherlands Embassy in Jordan are kept informed and are supportive of Share-Net Jordan but do not have SRHR as a focus policy area.


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“The added value is in the whole: the multiplicity and diversity of activities and how these complement each other.”

Services delivered

  • Applied Research & Knowledge Management

    As a knowledge institute, KIT compiles, analyses and develops new knowledge on health systems, sustainable economic development and gender, but also supports others in making active use of such knowledge. For example, KIT conducts significant front runner research on rising global issues such as youth employment, gender issues in the agricultural sector, and sexual reproductive health and rights. This enables KIT to broker grounded and actionable knowledge as advice to public and private sector organisations seeking to improve their development impact. It also allows for KIT’s convening role, bringing together different stakeholders and facilitating knowledge exchange and learning to support collaboration and innovation for impact. 

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its programme as well as how to recruit and retain female staff. KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO.  We also offers Masters programmes and advanced courses designed to equip health professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to address public health challenges around the world. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences among a broad range of development practitioners.  Finally, through training, consultancy and coaching services, KIT’s Intercultural Professionals unit provides a comprehensive approach to effective intercultural communication and cooperation. By demonstrating the value of cultural awareness and sensitivity, culture-specific insights and intercultural competencies, Intercultural Professionals helps NGOs, governments, corporate entities, leaders & professionals to enhance their business offering and integrate inclusive policies into their global or local operations.