Sexual and reproductive health

The HRP Alliance for Research Capacity Strengthening

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The HRP Alliance for Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS) is an initiative that brings together institutions conducting research in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in collaboration with WHO regional and country offices. An integral component of the Human Reproduction Programme (HRP), the HRP Alliance fulfils a mandate of supporting research capacity strengthening in low- and lower-middle income countries.

The HRP Alliance encompasses a dynamic network structure, bringing together HRP and WHO regional and country offices with RCS grant recipients, collaborating centres and HRP research partners, within a joint frame of engagement in research capacity strengthening in SRHR.


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Our Vision

The HRP Alliance aims to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally by supporting research capacity.

Our Goal

To strengthen SRHR research capacity in an alliance of institutions and stakeholders in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

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Our Strategy

By linking RCS with HRP research and knowledge transfer, the HRP Alliance capitalizes and reinforces existing collaborations. It provides support for institutions to position themselves in the global SRHR research and knowledge transfer arena. This is provided through long term institutional grants to our HRP Alliance hubs, who support research capacity strengthening to institutions in their respective regions. The HRP Alliance also supports courses and occasional special research initiatives, all within the frame of SRHR implementation research.

Coordinating Structure and Advisory Board

HRP Alliance is part of the Human Reproduction Programme based at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, within the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. The HRP Alliance secretariat manages the implementation of activities, and a department-wide working group provides advice and support to strategic processes and decisions.

The Advisory Board oversees the activities of the HRP Alliance and meets once a year in person and remotely every quarter to discuss past and future plans.

HRP Alliance Partners

Within WHO
External to WHO
  • The Essence network for RCS
  • The Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy coordinated by Ghent University
  • European midwifery network
  • Primary Health Care and Strengthening Health Systems (SSP / RSS)
  • West African Health Organization (WAHO)
  • Share-Net Netherlands
WHO Collaborating Centres focusing on research capacity strenghtening



for SRHR research linked to the mass migration crisis in the Americas. Deadline: 13 October 2019.

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HRP publications

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HRP, in collaboration with partners and the HRP Alliance, develops evidence-based guidance, publishes peer-reviewed articles, and disseminates communication materials based on HRP/WHO guidelines and statements.