Project Title: Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights into Sustainable Development & Climate Change
Donor: Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA)
Partnership: Vi agroforestry, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, and CREP
Location: Kisumu and Siaya Counties
Duration: November 2014 – December 2016
he most vulnerable Kenyan communities continue to face increasing difficulties in accessing Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights due to poverty conditions, and now the effects of climate change. Promoting voluntary rights based Sexual Reproductive Health Rights initiatives is a costs effective viable climate change adaptation approach for vulnerable communities living within the climate change hotspot areas.
Pambazuko project is a population Health and Environment Model that ensures that communities benefit from men and women’s enhanced resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change. Vulnerable communities are empowered to have partners, families, and couples in order to plan their reproductive needs. It will enable better provision for their families basic needs, improved food security, and empower women to play a more active role in natural resource management as well as a building socio-economic resilience to climate change.
Pambazuko project is implemented in Siaya and Kisumu Counties lobbies for Local Governments to strengthen adaptation programmes of actions and other climate change adaptation measures to include Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. The model promotes a multi-sectoral approach climate change that embraces the connections between Population Health and Environment (PHE). The Project is about empowering women through provision of SRHR within the Sustainable Development Goals, which is recognized as an essential part of the solution to adapt to climate change by increasing community resilience.
In the Pambazuko project, farmers groups from vulnerable communities in Siaya and Kisumu Counties are promoted to adapt sustainable SRHR and conservative practices. Sustainable SRHR practices is where vulnerable women and men make deliberate efforts to plan and meet their reproductive health rights information and services. They do this by:
- Raising income from newly introduced sustainable farming practices to meet their reproductive needs and services.
- Conducting community education and awareness by social networking and dialogue processes on the integrated approach to SRHR and environment conservation. This enables other community members apply the integrated approach and enjoy its benefits.
- Holding local authorities accountable to address the reproductive and environmental rights of the community.
Some of the benefits of the integrated approach to SRHR and sustainable development is that:
- The approach puts to maximum use the existing community resources
- It promotes gender euqality by promoting male and female participation in an integrated approach.
- The approach positively influences population dynamics by reducing unsustainable levels of population growth. This result is achieved through intensified provision of modern family planning methods to the targeted community.
- Vulnerable communities increase their food security status through sustainable food production practices.
- Other extended benefits include, advanced education levels particularly for young girls.
- Lastly, it encourages an empowered young people population who are able to advance their SRHR through an integrated approach to sustainable development.