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Small grants/large gains: Building capacity of national NGOs to implement reproductive health services in conflict-affected settings

Meriwether Beatty, Reproductive Health for Refugees Project, JSI Research and Training Institute, 1616 N. Fort Myer Drive, 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209, 703-528-7474, meriwether_beatty@jsi.com and Melissa Sharer, Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium, JSI Research and Training Institute, 1616 N. Fort Myer Drive, 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209.

JSI Research and Training Institute has managed the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortiumís Small Grants Program since its inception in 1995. The primary focus of the Small Grants Program is to build the capacity of national NGOs to provide reproductive health services in conflict-affected settings through funding, training, technical assistance, and fostering of collaboration with other partners and resources. The program enables and encourages international and national NGOs to develop innovative partnerships to address unmet reproductive health needs of displaced persons in areas of HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, adolescent RH, safe motherhood and family planning. First, we will highlight some of the successes from the RHRC Consortiumís Small Grants Program and the diversity of the projects. Second, we will discuss some of the key lessons learned through the Small Grants Program from implementing reproductive health services in conflict-affected settings. Finally, we will describe how the Small Grants Program has evolved towards a more comprehensive model of capacity building. We are focusing on developing and maintaining linkages between the relief and development communities with an emphasis on transferable technical, as well as organizational development, skill-building. As conflicts last longer and longer, capacity building is an essential component of RH programming in conflict-affected settings in order to promote sustainable and quality services and to create a bridge to a future in indefinite exile or ultimate return home.

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