One of 14 short case study summaries which were written by Orlanda Siow of UCL. They focus on development programs that aim to be both politically informed and gender aware. See From Silos to Synergy for a synthesis of the lessons that emerge.
This five-year program operates across the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan. EVA focuses on enhancing communities’ ability to hold local government to account in providing reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services. It does this by facilitating groups of volunteers who take citizens’ concerns to district and provincial level government. More broadly, the program “seeks to create a culture of accountability within Pakistan’s health sector by institutionalising mechanisms that provide opportunities for citizens and the state to monitor and engage duty-bearers at multiple levels of governance.”