The Partnership

The Realising Rights RPC is a partnership of five organisations. The consortium brings together epidemiologists, demographers, clinicians, social scientists, development specialists and service delivery organisations. By coming together, this partnership builds on a unique combination of complementary strengths. These include disciplinary and methodological approaches, teaching and training, international, regional, national and local policy and advocacy influence, experience in rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health service delivery, and access to major data sources and field sites. This will enable it to develop new ways of tackling the enormous challenge of improving sexual and reproductive health and enabling poor people to realise their sexual and reproductive health rights.

The consortium partners are:


African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC is an independent non-profit , non-governmental, pan-African, international organisation with headquarters in Nairobi , Kenya . It houses a multidisciplinary team of African scholars whose research focuses on urban health and poverty, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, health and social inequities in sub-Saharan Africa. A large programme of research and action aimed at improving the wellbeing of some residents in Nairobi City slums is well established.

James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Consortium activity is led through the newly constituted James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. Through its different departments and programmes, it brings multiple capacities to the consortium. Its field programmes work for poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor , women and other marginalised groups, covering 75 million people. It runs integrated programmes on health , education , women's empowerment , microfinance and environment. It has recently initiated development programmes in Afghanistan. BRAC university runs international teaching programmes.


Through its secretariat in Accra , the INDEPTH Network coordinates a network of 36 population and health surveillance sites in 19 poor countries, enabling continuous monitoring of the health of some of the world's poorest people. It supports capacity building and cross-site collaborations among its member sites. This is a unique resource for research and policy.

Institute of Development Studies

IDS is an international centre of excellence in the multidisciplinary analysis , teaching , capacity building and practice of international development. Through these different strands of work, it has built close links with researchers , governments, international organisations and advocacy organisations in low income and transition countries. IDS has particular strengths in poverty analysis, political economy and rights-based approaches to development, capacity building and linking research and policy. It has a track record of multidisciplinary work relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights and a long established reputation for research and advisory work both on health and development; work on rights-based approaches to development is a strong cross-cutting theme. IDS has considerable expertise in leading international research efforts involving multiple partners from research and policy worlds, and it hosts one of the largest information resources on development.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM is a leading international centre of public health research, teaching and training. Consortium participation is through its Centre for Population Studies (CPS), with support from other departments and centres. CPS is the largest interdisciplinary group of researchers in Europe working on health, population and development. It has been involved for decades in training and capacity strengthening through on-site postgraduate training , distance-based masters courses and specialist short courses both in London and overseas. Staff have close links with the major international agencies working in sexual and reproductive health and long term links with many overseas collaborators in the chosen countries.