Paul J. Fleming

Understanding the power of men's social networks to improve family planning for young married adolescent females in Niger

Research Project Description

The idea: To increase FP utilization among married adolescent girls in Niger, it is essential to identify and transform the norms that shape husband's attitudes/practices related to FP and female reproductive autonomy. We propose to collect novel and innovative social network and social norms data from husbands of married adolescents via leveraging an existing BMGF-funded project in Niger. Based on these new data, we will identify opportunities for a novel intervention with men by examining how husbands' social networks - and the norms held within those networks - influence their perceptions of FP methods/services and their willingness to support their wives' FP use. As called for in the RFA, this project will achieve the highly desirable outcome of generating evidence for "greater understanding of reasons for non-use" and uses "social or behavioral science methodologies to inform design and development of innovative approaches to create demand for family planning services."

Funding: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Grant Agreement Investment ID OPP1161785)

Funding Period: 11/1/2016 to 10/31/2018

International Focus: Niger

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