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Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR)

UK aid from the British people

Project Data Last Updated: 02/02/2020

IATI Identifier: GB-1-203166

Partner Projects

British Council

  • AAWAZ II: Reducing Exploitation, Promoting Inclusion. Aawaz in Urdu language means Voice. AAWAZ II programme to work with the government and local communities to promote, enable and protect the rights of marginalised groups to strengthen their control over their own development. The programme has a specific focus on: • Child labour (including bonded child labour) • Early and forced marriages • Gender-based violence • Social cohesion and tolerance At community level, the programme works directly with marginalised people for their awareness, empowerment and behaviour change so that they could articulate their demands, engage constructively with the state for accessing services and rights, and reduce acceptance of harmful and exploitative practices Intended reach 7 million beneficiaries. Focus on Women, girls, boys, youth, minorities, people with disabilities and transgender Coverage Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with some focus at Federal level. Community interventions are in 45 districts. Total Project Budget: £19,991,173 FCDO Funding: £826,338

British Council

  • Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) SPHEIR aims to transform higher education systems in focus countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East to better meet the needs of graduates and employers. Through grants, it supports diverse, large-scale partnerships working across different sectors and countries to improve the quality, relevance, accessibility and affordability of higher education. It focuses on creating new and innovative solutions to key higher education challenges to deliver systemic and sustainable change at scale. Total Project Budget: £42,694,475 FCDO Funding: £27,100,080

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