Theory of Change

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Our Approach

Our approach to health promotion and health service provision is locally driven and based on a social ecological model with interventions working on the personal, interpersonal, societal and policy levels. Through this framework, we target the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

  • At the individual level, we encourage healthy attitudes and improved health literacy to influence behavior.
  • At the interpersonal level, we empower households, communities and key populations, especially orphaned youth, women, girls, and rural populations, to demand and access health care.
  • At the societal level, we are building health workforce capacity to improve both access to and quality of care provided.
  • At the policy level, we disseminate our implementation and scientific research on what works in remote, hard-to-reach, priority settings.

By working on all four levels of influence at the same time, we aim to create an enabling environment for impactful and sustained health improvements.

GAIA's theory of change is featured in The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) Guide to Effective Philanthropy as an example of how to clearly articulate how activities will lead to expected outcomes.

The Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

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