The REAL Fathers Initiative is a community-based mentoring program that works with young fathers (16-25 years old) who are parenting a child 1-3 years old. REAL aims to: Improve parenting attitudes and confidence in using nonviolent discipline Decrease use of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children Foster acceptance of non-traditional gender roles in […]

Publication | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality

Addressing gender is implicit in our work. We view gender equity —the differences in access and opportunities between women, men, boys, and girls—as a cross cutting issue that must be embedded throughout the design and evaluation of all of reproductive health programs.

focus area | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | GREAT Project | Tékponon Jikuagou | Technical Assistance

In the Karamoja region of Uganda, rapid cultural transitions are happening, and these shifts offer an opportunity introduce new health information, like fertility awareness, in an engaging way. The FACT Project’s EDEAN intervention uses community-wide theater performances to spread fertility awareness, or actionable information about fertility throughout the life cycle that people can apply to […]

Video | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

  Tékponon Jikuagou has developed and tested a scalable package of social network activities to engage men and women in discussion and reflection about unmet need for family planning. The package works with and through influential and connected network actors who may be more effective in diffusing new ideas and mobilizing public dialogue than formal leaders or health […]


Social norms are a hot topic in development. While it seems intuitive that social norms can play a key role in influencing people’s behavior (in both negative and positive ways), the jury is still out on the best way for programs to address norms. We do know that in order to provide evidence on the […]

Blog | Passages Project | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

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IRH is committed to meeting the evolving family planning needs of women and couples throughout the lifecycle by ensuring they have access to a broad range of options within an informed choice context.

focus area | FAM Project | Tékponon Jikuagou | New & Underused Methods | Mobilizing FBOs | U.S. Projects | AWARENESS Project | Technical Assistance

Roving Auxiliary Nurse-Midwives (RANMs) provide essential health services, including family planning, to hard-to-reach communities in Nepal. These informational posters were designed to increase demand for RANM’s services at the community level. Keywords: nurse midwife, fertility, family planning, counseling, methods, pregnancy, postnatal newborn care, health facilities, male involvement, in-law

Publication | FACT Project | Technical Assistance | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

In September 2017, IRH and partners traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to present at the Sexual Violence Research Institute (SVRI) Forum and share experiences with 500 other experts working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. IRH, Tearfund, and Promundo-US co-led a satellite event titled, Exploring the Links between Intimate Partner Violence and Family […]

Blog | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality | Family Planning

Guided and informed by the systems-oriented approach espoused in the ExpandNet scale-up framework, this compendium represents a distillation of knowledge and tools for scale-up monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE) developed and used by IRH to provide stakeholders timely monitoring information to inform scale-up decisions, learn throughout the process, and  evaluate achievements. We have developed this […]