Global Team for Local Initiatives (GTLI) works in southwest Ethiopia to facilitate local initiatives in enhancing long-term adaptability and resilience of indigenous communities in adapting to environmental changes. The organization implements projects in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), income generation, and education programs for adults and orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC). GTLI’s primary focus and impact measurement is behavior change.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), GTLI increases access to family planning (FP) services through the integration of FP into their WASH initiative—Building Pastoralist Resilience in SW Ethiopia (BPRN). The primary goals of BPRN are to provide access to clean water, promote disease prevention behavior, and empower emergent women leaders. The FP component of BPRN aims to educate communities on the importance of FP and birth spacing and connect them to government FP services. This initiative exists in Desanech and Benatsemay woredas in the South Omo Zone of Ethiopia.