Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Financing (SRHR POL)

In this course you become acquainted with the policy instruments, governance and accountability mechanisms and financial structures related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (including HIV & AIDS). You analyse political and institutional structures and their implications for planning and managing responses. You also learn to identify SRHR-related international agreements, conventions and financial mechanisms, and analyse how these influence national planning and implementation and vice versa. The course focuses on the situation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

This course is tropEd accredited and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or Master of Public Health programmes.

3 weeks
KIT, Amsterdam
Course period 2024
from 13/05/2024 until 31/05/2024
Course fee 2024
EUR 2.240
Early bird and other Discounts
Learn more about our discounts
KIT application deadline (regular 2024)

This course in this format is new, therefore we do not have yet testimonials. Please find some statements from other courses after this statement. 

“This course gave me a great opportunity to learn and analyse experiences from different countries as everyone shares his/her country’s practices. The web lectures were interesting and I always lookedforward to watch them.”

Roma Karki from Buthan, on Course on HIV Policy, Governance and Financing (e-learning) which she followed as part of MPH SRHR track.

“The course on HIV Politics, Policies, Governance and Planning Mechanisms was blended, there was a Virtual Learning Environment and face-to-face lectures and group work. The online space was a valuable addition to the learning as it created an opportunity for the class to exchange ideas, initiate and engage in discussions, share resources and provide feedback on each other’s’ coursework; processes which otherwise might have been too difficult to facilitate. Its user-friendly interface exploits innovative tools, such as voting, likes and video content, which were highly engaging.

I took this course aiming to enhance my capacity to work in one of the most challenging and shifting fields of youth SRHR. By providing an appropriate mix of teaching methods and a range of standpoints from professionals who are actively involved in the HIV response worldwide, this module most certainly met my expectations. Perhaps the best attribute of the programme was the tendency not only to familiarize participants with accurate international commitments and recommendations, but to also build operational skills for strategic planning, grounded on appropriate evidence, contextualized health systems structure, multisectorial engagement, available resources including foreign aid, as well as gender and human rights issues. The course is worthwhile for health and development practitioners who seek to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on global and national priority setting processes towards more efficient and sustainable response to HIV.”

Ivica Cekovski, MD MSc,  from Macedonia followed this course as part of the Master in International Health. He has a background in youth, sexual and reproductive health and harm reduction programming.

“The MPH study program was comprehensive and mixed of theories, practices, skills, tools to apply the knowledge, and real examples from developing countries. Program topics were all interesting and relevant to practical work in the field. With what I learned I can contribute to strengthening the policy and strategies relevant to health in Afghanistan.”

Khalid Sharifi from Afghanistan, MPH/ICHD 2010, background medical doctor, now working as Managing Director of Afghan NGO, Social and Health Development Program (SHDP).


What are the key issues in the good governance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) responses, including HIV? How can one negotiate the complex political and financial terrain when developing policies and strategic plans? Maternal health, family planning, adolescent health, abortion and HIV, and the policies and strategies that address these, are among the most internationalized and to some extent politicized of all health issues.

In this blended course, that combines classroom sessions with e-learning, you identify SRHR related international agreements, development commitments and financial mechanisms, and analyse how these influence national policies and plans and vice versa. You will perform an SRHR strategic policy review from a multi-stakeholder perspective, addressing governance and financing structures and their implications for planning and managing the responses.


  • identify and apply relevant HIV rights and development-related international agreements, conventions and agencies, and analyse how these and related governance and financing mechanisms influence national development policy, planning and implementation and vice-versa
  • analyse policies and governance and financing structures and implications for managing the response
  • perform HIV strategic policy review from a multi-stakeholder perspective, including mobilising stakeholders from different sectors.
  • Content

  • HIV and AIDS-related international agreements, development commitments and financial mechanisms,
  • influence on national planning and implementation and vice versa.
  • political and institutional structures and their implications for planning and managing the response.
  • The module furthermore explores issues around:
  • universal access to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support
  • the international aid architecture
  • human rights
  • governance
  • the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV or AIDS
  • research and strategic information for national planning;
  • multi-stakeholder involvement
  • the relationship between poverty reduction strategies, development processes and HIV and AIDS
  • HIV internal mainstreaming (workplace programmes)
  • costing national HIV plans; approaches to scaling up good practices.
  • Application

    Admission criteria

    This course is aimed at health professionals who are looking for a fuller understanding of the mechanisms behind, and the politics that contribute to, current HIV and AIDS policies and programmes. These can be medically qualified doctors and nurses, or those working in the public health sector.

  • Academic training or professional qualification in a relevant area
  • Work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Application procedure

    The application package is due two months before the start of the course.

    Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable
  • What we expect from your motivation letter:
    Please indicate in your motivation letter why you want to follow this specific course, why you want to follow the course at KIT Amsterdam, what do you expect to learn and how you will apply your newly gained competencies from the course in your work, what kind of benefits will it bring to your future career, etc. Describe a relevant problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss during this specific course. Your motivation should be about ½-1 page. Please do not repeat your CV again.

    This course can be taken on its own, as advanced module of the Master in Public Health or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.

    FAQ Online Application System

    Do you have a question about our Online Application System? Then you can find the answer in our FAQ Online Application System:

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    Discounts and Fees

    We offer a range of discounts for early bird applicants, alumni, tropEd students and groups. See below the discounts and fees for this course on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Financing. See for more information about our discounts for groups and other short courses on our exclusive discount page.

    Regular course fee€2.240,-Start date: 31-5-2024
    Early bird fee€1.904,-Paid before: 13-2-2024
    Alumni discount€1.792,-
    tropEd fee€1.904,-

    Practical information


    Classes are normally held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam.


    There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam and participants are advised to contact KIT for information. KIT will endeavour to assist participants in their search for housing.

    Visa requirements

    Citizens of most EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.

    Participants from other countries must obtain a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. Applicants will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take months.

    Insurance requirements

    Course participants and accompanying dependents are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands. Dutch insurance companies offer reasonable rates to foreign students.


    The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships.

    Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

    Unfortunately the OKP programme has ended. For 2024 there are no scholarship rounds. 
    Read more on the OKP page.

    European Credits

    The European Credit Transfer System (EC) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A study load comprising 28 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one EC credit point.

    Learning methods

    This module is offered as blended learning. Partly with e-learning sessions and sessions in class. We make use of KIT Virtual Grounds, KIT’s virtual community of professionals in health and international development.


    This course is also accredited for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

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    You can find all information about our online application system on this page 

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    Why study at KIT?

    • Up-to-date approach to complex public health issues

    • Practice-oriented

    • Exchange between disciplines

    • Interactive Education

    • Development of personal and professional competencies

    • Network building

    • Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries

    • Personal tutoring

    • Teaching by highly qualified specialists

    • Positively reviewed by tropEd

    • KIT: international centre of excellence in international health and development

    • Accredited by NVAO

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    Maud Molenaar

    Course Administration Officer

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