Sexual and reproductive rights have become increasingly important in the national development cooperation policy. Sensoa examines whether the policy is adequately translated into practice by analysing the 2015 development cooperation spending. The Belgian Directorate-general for development cooperation also assigns a score to each development project reflecting the attention they pay to HIV, reproductive and maternal, new-born and child health and gender equality. These “markers” help us in our analysis.
Relatively more attention
International health spending decreased by 23 million euros or 14% compared to 2014 and for reproductive health by 4 million euros or 13%. Both sectors make up a slightly bigger share from the total spending for development cooperation, from 13% in 2014 to 14% in 2015.
The budget for projects in the health sector that directly or indirectly contribute to the fight against HIV also decreased, but within that budget the share of projects that directly contribute increased from 17% in 2014 to 28% in 2015.More than half of the spending in the health sectors contributes to RMNCH, about the same share as in 2014. Outside the health sectors the share increased from 3% to 12%.
Sensoa is pleased there is an evolution towards more importance for SRHR in policy and practice of development cooperation. However, we do regret this work is greatly impeded by the ever decreasing budget for development cooperation in general.
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