Project profile — Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive des adolescents au Nigeria (ASPIRE)


Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2021-12-15 - 2026-11-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Nigeria (100.00%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (4.00%)
• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (12.00%)
• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (3.00%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (41.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (18.00%)
Family planning (13030) (8.00%)
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (7.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (7.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls and women, including vulnerable populations, in Nigeria’s Bauchi and Sokoto states. Project activities include: (1) training adolescents, parents and family members and mentoring adolescent girls on life skills, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality, and inclusion and child protection; (2) establishing and strengthening women and adolescent savings groups and providing the groups’ participants with financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills; (3) training health care providers on gender and adolescent-responsive and inclusive sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including mental health; (4) training and supporting teachers, including religious school teachers, to provide information on SRH, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention and response, infection prevention and control, and child protection; (5) training local- and state-level women’s rights organizations on advocacy for SRHR, SGBV, child, early and forced marriage and women’s and girls’ rights; and (6) facilitating a research study led by girls and young women on decision-making around SRHR and gender equality. The project expects to reach 638,525 direct beneficiaries (481,100 girls and young women and 157,425 boys and young men), 1,185,917 indirect beneficiaries (550,632 girls and women); and 635,285 boys and men) and 1,976 intermediaries such as teachers, school heads, community facilitators, government officials and traditional and religious leaders.

Expected results 

The expected results for this project include:(1) increased individual and collective agency of diverse women and adolescent girls to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and increased access to gender and adolescent-responsive and inclusive SRH services; (2) strengthened health systems to provide gender and adolescent-responsive, inclusive, integrated and innovative SRHR and protection services for women and adolescent girls; and (3) improved responsiveness of local stakeholders to provide evidence-based, integrated, accountable and equitable policies, legal frameworks and SRHR and protection services.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) completed mapping of 4,090 women to act as Gender Equality and Inclusion Champions; (2) provided 15 existing saving groups with vocational and entrepreneurial training for income generation support; and (3) formed 409 father forums, with members in Bauchi (165) and Sokoto (244). This helped mobilize 7,479 members, enabling men, boys, and community, traditional, and religious leaders to challenge harmful gender-based norms and practices.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $5,100,000
Planned disbursement $5,050,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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