Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (Bridge Connect) is an organization that creatively engages young people towards amplifying and building a voice around women’s rights, adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights, and girl child education in their communities. It believes that women & girls, and young people, with the right skills and knowledge have the capacity to push for positive and sustainable changes and strengthen conversations around the sustainable development goals 2030 in their communities. The organization was formally established and fully incorporated as a “Trust” in August 2018.
It is a non-government, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, and non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting development and its aspirations in Nigeria. The organization is known for its policy advocacy and support for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), girl child education as well as women’s rights through research, human-centred programme design, implementation, management and support, for local, national and international organizations.
At Bridge Connect, we use the PARC Approach for engagement with our stakeholders and partners
Popular Engagement: It is our practice to carry our beneficiaries – whether we are working in rural communities, with women and girls or young people – along in whatever we do that concerns them. This is to enable us be open with our programmes and garner necessary support of the communities of people we work with. We believe engaging them with openness, helps amplify our work, promote acceptance and yield better results.
Advocacy:We believe in advocating and supporting policies that improves adolescent and young people’s reproductive choices and health, girl child education, and the abolishment of child marriage and other harmful traditional practices that affects women, and generally, the protection of women and girls’ rights. We believe advocating for these vulnerable groups give them better opportunities to life, which is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Research: Our programmes are evidenced-based. As such, we work and implement programmes based on accurately researched data to enable us work in accordance with the needs of our beneficiaries.
Capacity Building: While we advocate for family planning/SRHR, girl child education and women’s rights, we also build teams of empowered family planning/SRHR champions on sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy; women and girls with renewed confidence to positively change and impact their world. We provide for our beneficiaries, stakeholders and partners, information on how to effectively carry out family planning advocacy as well as share with them the latest trends and practice in this area. We also offer trainings and seminars to enable more people better informed in SRHR issues and advocacy to fulfill the demand for more family planning voices especially in Northern Nigeria.
African Centre for Innovative Research and Development