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Governance

I Care Women and Youth Initiative (ICWYI) since inception in 2007 has been actively participating in advocacy on governance, policy and institutional capacity building to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups in the society. ICWYI works with CSO groups, media and other bodies to advocate for the passage and implementation of policies that favour women, children and other vulnerable groups. ICWYI has and still works with organizations such as FIDA, MCH-CS, Child Protection Network and Child Protection and Peace Committees and School Based Management Committees in advocating for the passage and effective implementation and monitoring of anti-rape law, Child Rights Act and in the implementation of reproductive health rights among others. Notable ICWYI participation in governance and policy includes; advocacy on Girl Child Education, advocacy on HIV&AIDS Prevention, Care and Support for those Living with and affected by HIV&AIDS, membership of coalition on nutrition, maternal, newborn and child health, and Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) etc. In more specific terms, the following are highlights of ICWYI work in governance and policy matters:

• Work closely with policy and social actors in budget tracking across all sectors to improve governance in the state.
• ICWYI as part of the MCH-CS group, advocated for CSOs’ Participation in MDAs activities.
• Advocated for the establishment and operationalization of State Primary Heath Care Development Agency and Drug Management Agency in Kaduna State.
• Facilitated the formation and mentoring of MCH-CS Partnership in Kebbi State in year 2014.
• In collaboration with other partners, ICWYI’s advocacy drive led to recruitment of about 450 state health workers including 200 nurses and midwives in Kaduna state in 2015.
• Successfully advocated for the passage of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) bill into law.
• As a member of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), ICWYI advocates for the domestication and implementation of the National Strategic Plan of Action on Nutrition (NSPAN, 2014-2019)
• Advocated for the passage of the National Health Bill (NHB) into an act of law.
• Working with MDAs and other relevant implementing partners on MNCH.
• Actively participated in the TWG on National Policy for Internally Dispalced Persons (IDPs).
• Consistently engage the Media to create public demand for MNCH services.
• Grants management: In line with donor guidelines, grants received by ICWYI have been and are being strictly implemented by ICWYI project staff.
• Conducting monitoring and evaluation and using M&E data to inform further programming: ICWYI has trained and developed a crop of experienced Monitoring and Evaluation staff, who are conversant with donor data reporting and monitoring tools, which inform program planning and performance tracking. ICWYI also leverages on its M&E experiences on successfully implementing DFID, World Bank and USAID funded projects. Project tracking/spot checks and periodic evaluation are essential features of past and current project implemented by ICWYI.