Total Awarded: $2.2 Million
Total Grants: 7
Duration: 2013 - Present
Geographic Focus: Nigeria
Reducing maternal mortality and morbidity is a key aim of the MacArthur Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health grantmaking program. A critical step toward reaching this aim is to increase governmental accountability to maternal health. To further this goal, in 2013 MacArthur awarded a three-year grant to each of seven civil society organizations working in 12 states throughout Nigeria and its Federal Capital Territory. These groups are working to promote transparency in maternal health budgeting, support legal approaches, improve media coverage on the topic, and help establish and support maternal death review committees in order to reinforce their government’s responsibility for promoting better maternal health outcomes.
In 2014 MacArthur commissioned a baseline evaluation to conduct capacity building activities with each of the grantees in the portfolio, and to examine the maternal health landscape in Nigeria before grantees began implementing activities. Evaluation questions focused on understanding the key actors engaged in maternal health and the prevailing policy and programmatic environments in which they worked.
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