Advancing Social Norms Practice in Nigeria

The northern states of Nigeria face a range of development and humanitarian challenges, including an under-resourced and understaffed health system that is further challenged by social norms and gender inequalities that drive health behaviors and influence service quality and utilization. A growing body of evidence makes it clear that achieving sustained and meaningful improvements across health sectors requires addressing gender and social norms. This project establishes a Learning Collaborative in northern Nigeria to improve programming and research that addresses the social norms that influence the success of development programs across multiple health and development areas. Donors will work to strengthen networks, build sustained expertise and capacity in public and private institutions, and support good quality programming. This projects brings together global social norms experts from five organizations (Overseas Development Initiative, Makerere University, Institute for Reproductive Health, FHI360, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), together with the Center on Gender equity and Health, to provide distance and on-the-ground support and partnership to Nigerian partners who will build capacity and implement programs.

Supported By: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Project Contact: Hunter Davis, Research Project Manager, chd003@health.ucsd.edu

Principal Investigator



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