Here’s the global challenge we see.
Much of the work to improve health and well-being is being done to people rather than with them. What if everyone—including those in the most underserved communities—had the power to make healthier choices for themselves? This is agency—the capacity of a person, or group of people, to create and accomplish the goals they set for themselves, with full autonomy to make decisions about their own health or well-being.
We want to understand agency and why it matters.
Context-specific evidence on agency can inform social and behavior change practice and investments. Better understanding of how individual and collective agency influences health, gender, nutrition, infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, the environment, and other development outcomes lays a foundation for programs that foster individual and community empowerment.
Locally led, equitable partnerships drive this work.
Equitable partnerships are central to our vision of a world in which all women, men, children, families, and communities have the agency to make healthy choices. Consortium partners lead our research agenda, bringing their diverse voices, perspectives, and expertise to understanding and building agency in their communities and in our work.