As part of HEARD’s commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and the rights (SRHR) and health equity by forging critical partnerships in Africa, HEARD researchers will be providing technical assistance to the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) who are leading a multi-country project focusing on the SRHR of young people and women in Africa.

To this end, HEARD’s senior research team will work closely with core research staff at the APHRC on utilising an applied political economy analysis (PEA). This will assist the APHRC in undertaking the Challenging the Politics of Social Exclusion project, aimed at supporting evidence-based policy engagement and advocacy to advance the domestication and realisation of continental SRHR commitments. The four-year project aims to support government and civil society organisations breakdown the barriers that impede the link between policy and practice, with the goal of positively impacting people’s lives. The project’s key focus areas are SRHR of adolescents; access to safe abortion and post-abortion care and the discrimination of LGBTQ+ populations in Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Liberia. These focus areas interlink with and complement the SRHR and health systems strengthening research that HEARD is currently engaged in in the ESA region.