Extending Safe Abortion Advocacy with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Project

KIT is working with FIGO to bring gynaecologists and obstetricians from around the world to the forefront of safe abortion advocacy.

The project, which spans 10 nations, is an extension of work originally convened in 2017. KIT now serves as the project’s monitoring, evaluation and learning partner.

What is this project trying to achieve?

FIGO is working with ten national obstetrics and gynaecology societies to raise their capacity to lead advocacy on safe abortion. These societies are in a unique position to be national sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates, respected not only for their technical expertise, but also for their close relationships with other partners, including the Ministry of Health.

This project has five primary objectives:

  1. Strengthen the management and organisational capacity of the obgyn societies.
  2. Establish or strengthen a coordinated network with likeminded stakeholders and health system partners to advocate for safe abortion and improved access to comprehensive abortion care.
  3. Create increased acceptance of safe abortion among health workers, policy makers and the general population.
  4. Ensure communication and sensitisation about the national legal frameworks and guidelines on safe abortion.
  5. Advocate for better generation and use of evidence on abortion in each of the ten countries.

Outcome harvesting

Our team is responsible for supporting the monitoring of outcomes of the obgyns’ work on safe abortion advocacy,  in addition to the baseline and endline evaluations.

For the monitoring component, KIT is training and guiding obgyn societies on a method called ‘outcome harvesting’. Rather than measuring progress in the implementation of activities, this method focuses on collecting information about what has changed in terms of behaviour, relationships, actions and policies – positively or negatively, intended or unintended, direct or indirect – and how the project’s actions contributed to this change and to the desired outcomes. We ensure that results are constantly fed back into the project to learn about what makes advocacy effective.

At the end of 2020, KIT will organise the project’s midterm review in each country to substantiate and analyse the harvested outcomes and review what happened, why and whether there is a need to change strategies.