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What kind of work does RAF fund?

Experience shows that a strong credible evidence base that is translated into clear, relevant and achievable policy recommendations through advocacy can have a direct impact on the policy uptake of research, and the development of informed and relevant development strategies that can benefit the lives of poor and marginalised women and communities.
RAF aims to fund research and advocacy proposals which are clearly focussed on bringing about policy and practice change. RAF looks particularly favourably on those research and advocacy proposals that aim to provide deep insights into those context-specific behaviours, attitudes, practices that shape maternal and newborn health for the poor and address issues of quality of services, lack of investment in public sector facilities, lack of skills and training amongst health sector staff and discrimination by service providers..
 All research and advocacy initiatives seeking RAF funding must clearly define the desired policy and practice change.


RAF will encourage and support innovative communications, networking and advocacy projects to get key messages out to target audiences with the potential to implement policy and practice reforms. RAF funded advocacy should demonstrate that advocacy messages are evidence-based, and have been developed on the basis of an analysis of rigorous and robust research.
Advocacy proposals can be stand-alone, targeted initiatives but should include analysis which informs the development of the key messages. This analysis can be built upon primary or secondary research, and RAF-funded advocacy strategies may include a situational analysis that is based upon primary research. In either case, proposals should aim to push for effective policies and scaling up cost effective interventions that address the MNH needs of poor women. Advocacy proposals should support the capacity and voice of local communities to act as advocates for their MNH needs to service providers and policy makers.
RAF funded research work should aim to rigorously analyse the realities of poor people’s needs and experiences. It should also draw on existing research and programming experience - both in Pakistan and from other country contexts – in order to develop innovative models that address real gaps in a meaningful way. Rigorous and inclusive research methodologies and innovative dissemination ideas are also required.
A research proposal which addresses one or more of the following components is considered eligible for funding:
Analysis: Address key gaps in understanding the factors that affect maternal and newborn health, poor people's care-seeking behaviour, and the quality of services they receive.
Lessons learned: Review experiences from recent or existing models and programmes in Pakistan, and from other country contexts to uncover important findings and insights and assess the potential of interventions for replicability, scalability and sustainability.
Operational research:Pilot interventions based upon a robust review of existing work, and a clear identification of key gaps, in order to develop scalable, sustainable models for improving MNH outcomes.
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