Younger women having their first or second child may not recognize access to health services as a right and as something that could improve their lives. Photo: Pathfinder.
Evidence-based interventions. High-impact practices. Using data for decision-making.
As program implementers, we (rightly) spend a lot of time focusing on these concepts. But, sometimes, we get so caught up in trying to implement development strategies and interventions “correctly” that we lose sight of the perspectives of the people that our projects are intended to support—local partners, service clients, and community members. Evidence across sectors shows that the people best able to solve problems are often those closest to the situation itself. Thus, effectively removing barriers to sexual and reproductive health services use means taking a step back from our checklists and our data and actually talking to community members to understand what is getting in their way.