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Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre

Ikeja, Nigeria

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre was awarded $400,000 between 2013 and 2016, including 2 grants in Population & Reproductive Health.


2016 • 2 years • Population & Reproductive Health

Women Advocacy, Research, and Development Center (WARD-C) is a Nigerian nonprofit promoting research, development, and respect for the rights of women and girls. Previous Foundation assistance to WARD-C aimed to improve accountability for maternal health through mobilization, strategic litigation, campaigns, and networking. With this final award, WARD-C continues to use legal tools to promote accountability for pregnant women and their families. The organization is sensitizing and mobilizing pregnant women and community influencers, and building capacity of legal officers to improve litigation and alternative dispute resolution techniques. It is building on earlier advocacy and campaigns in order to keep a focus on the link between professional misconduct and negligence (among health service professionals) and the high maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria. This award is part of the maternal health accountability portfolio in Nigeria and is expected to generate evidence of how accountability mechanisms can contribute to improving maternal health outcomes and reducing the maternal mortality burden


2013 • 3 years • Population & Reproductive Health

The project seeks to promote social and legal accountability that will support the reduction of maternal mortality in Nigeria. Three principal activities to be implemented are (a) public interest litigation on maternal health, (b) research and documentation on maternal health and human rights accountability, and (c) a nationwide advocacy campaign called “Not Again.”

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