RAF’s Approach to Advocacy Guidance for Applicants & Grantees

The Maternal and Newborn Health Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) is a five year national programme funded by DFID and AusAID - which aims to support research and advocacy initiatives to influence pro-poor policy and practice reform related to MNH in Pakistan.
The purpose of RAF is to improve MNH practices and supporting policies related to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. To do this, RAF supports quality non-clinical research and effective advocacy. RAF has already undertaken three rounds of proposals, and is in the process of announcing the fourth round. To date, most proposals received and funded by RAF have been research-oriented, often with weak links to policy or practice change as it affects MNH.