Meet the Grantees

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Are you curious about which projects have received a grant in
previous years? Do you want to know why previous grantees think that you should apply for the WORTH Initiative Programme? Then scroll down and meet our previous grant-winners!

The Grantees

See the projects of 2021 here.


Umme Salma

Executive: Communication & Campaign – Participatory Research Action Network – PRAN

“WORTH Innovation Programme has helped me building up my conceptual clarity on identifying the relation between SHRH and climate change”.

“Through the WORTH Programme I becasme familiar with different issues related to SRHR and climate change in broad Asian context through exercising, learning and sharing with other amazing participants from different countries. WORTH has enhanced my capability to become more focused while designing and crafting an innovative plan, with in-depth analysis and scaling up activity model”.

About my project: Cultural Action to Promote and Incorporate SRHR in Climate Adaptation in Rural Bangladesh

“My project is based on awareness raising on climate friendly menstrual hygiene management among women and girls of coastal area Subarno Char, Noakhali; a poverty stricken and disaster-prone area in the southern part of Bangladesh. The activities designed for this project also focuses on building up capacity on advocacy among the community so that they will be able to lobby with District Relief and Rehabilitation and other concerned LGI’s to incorporate SRHR supplies in relief goods during climate disasters. As a means of awareness raising and creating a strong self-driven network within the community, this project aims towards implementing local cultural action, which are popular in the community like street drama and folk songs to promote SRHR and creating a bridge between the common people and the responsible concerns”.

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Rushba Ansar

Campaign Coordinator –Gravity Development Organization, Pakistan

“For me, the WORTH Programme was a lifetime experience of logical and innovative learning. This programme taught me not just how to find the answers but how to explore the right questions”.

“I truly enjoyed my journey throughout the innovative programme labs. The unique model helped me to redefine and innovate ideas to address the issue of SRHR and climate change. I found some in-depth knowledge and new angles to understand the different dimensions of the subject that relate to the society and conditions which I am witnessing in my community and country. The WORTH Programme has enlightened my knowledge and deepened my interest that allows me to think critical and in a very organized manner that helps identifying the problem, relate to the local context and utilizing reference material to connect dots and come up with the solutions that address the root-cause of the problem. The whole experience was so engaging that it made the process most interesting and highly motivational”.  

About my Project: Rise Her Voice

“My project is all about inclusion and ownership of indigenous youth voices into recommendations to climate change policy, as I believe, it is essential to ensure the representation and participation of affected communities in problem solution processes – to include the people who are directly facing the risks and threats by living in the most sensitive areas to climate change. The project will show that affected indigenous community voices can contribute meaningfully to policy making and raising awareness on SRHR and climate change nexuses and the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations especially on women. Therefore the solution, mitigation and adaptation will address SRHR issues as a major priority area in climate change policy. This intervention wants to include community voices through a capacity-building program using innovative folk advocacy methods and engaging youth from climate-affected communities for consultation and drafting policy recommendations to be presented to policy makers”.

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Shahana Parveen

Joint Director – CCD Bangladesh

“I am enriched in many ways because I took part in the WORTH Innovation Lab Programme”.

“I have especially learned about the nexuses and linkages between impacts of climate change and SHRH issues, but the programme has also opened my eyes and inner mind on how to develop an innovative project”.

About my project: Women for Women (W4W)

“Through this project a group of young women will be acquiring knowledge on the nexuses and linkages between climate change impacts and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues by arranging workshops. At the same time these young women will be obtaining skills on mobile journalism which is a new trend of media sector in Bangladesh. These new skills will be empowering to them for their whole life because they can practice mobile journalism by using their smart phones. Through the content they create with mobile journalism they can raise their own voices as well as offer a platform for marginalized women who are affected by climate change and SRHR. This platform will be a series of video reports, stories, features and documentaries where they’ll share their stories about the impacts climate change has had on their lives and SRHR”.

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Zafar Ahsan

Program Manager – Centre for Social Policy Development, Pakistan

“My participation in WORTH’s Innovation Labs, was quite a unique experience, where value was given to “out of box thinking”, for solutions of existing problems, instead of the usual (reinventing the wheel) methodologies”.

“Undoubtedly, WORTH Innovation Programme has provided me a conducive environment, for thinking, rethinking, drafting, redrafting, testing and pre-testing of my idea, to finalize a “solution sketch” for coping with exclusion of gypsy/ nomad women and young girls, from SRHR and climate change discourse”.

About my project: Empowering the Gypsy Women and Young Girls, for SRHR and Environmental Protection

“Through my project I will create a community-based and sustainable mechanism that will ensure accessibility for gypsy women and girls towards gaining knowledge, information and access to counselling services to improve their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The project would also mobilize and capacitate its target population, for reduction of pressure on natural resources as a climate change adaptation strategy”.

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The Grantees 2020

Irtaza Rana

President – Green Circle Organization

“With the tools and skills learnt I have been able to devise effective and efficient solution to lesser talked about problems in South Punjab, Pakistan due to cultural and educational barriers”

”Coming from a climate change advocacy background and having worked with rural women I have witnessed health and rights issues faced by rural women especially from the farming communities, but through this programme I was introduced to an entirely different aspect of SRHR which has helped bring my focus to those unaddressed elements. The innovation lab was a great learning experience, starting from identifying a problem to narrowing in on the root cause, putting together a solution, evaluating your assumptions and mitigating the risks via a systematic process working towards developing a real-world deliverable solution that works. With the tools and skills learnt I have been able to devise effective and efficient solution to lesser talked about problems in South Punjab, Pakistan due to cultural and educational barriers”.

About my project: Planting Awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, in Rural Punjab

“The project aims to empower women and equip them with tools to better take care of their SRHR. The project focuses on creating awareness on importance of nutrition by educating and training rural women on how to grow climate-resilient, nutrition-rich plant-based diet which will not only ensure better health during antenatal, delivery and postpartum phases of their pregnancy but also help fight malnutrition and stunted growth in children. These trainings will include planting of medicinal trees which will help reforestation in the community. These trainings will be coupled with an educational web-portal and a smart-phone application which will include awareness and informational material on SRHR and an additional feature of this web-portal/smartphone application will be the ability to help the user locate and get in touch with the closest health facility and most importantly a legal facility in case they wish to seek help and raise voice on violation of their rights”.

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May Thin Khine

Activity Manager – Green Lotus Myanmar

“By joining this year lab program, I have received so many unique experiences and learnings – and of course making new friends with candidates from other countries as well!”

”By joining this lab programme, I have received so many unique experiences and learnings – and of course making new friends with candidates from other countries as well! Specifically in this lab program, I have gained extended knowledge in regards to nexus between SRHR issues and climate change, sexuality concepts, advocacy, creative idea and design generation which all led to our final funding application opportunity”.

About my project: Development of the first MOOC on SRHR in Myanmar

“We aim to create an online course targeting especially Myanmar youths towards educating them on SRHR and climate change issues. This will be a very interesting and inclusive learning opportunity, also considering that we have to adapt to the ‘new normal’ scenario that we are living in. In our platform, we intend to maximize linkages between climate change and environmental issues through breaking menstrual misconceptions and tackling waste issues”.

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Naznine Nahar

Program Officer – LEDARS

“I think I am one of the luckiest persons because I got the opportunity to take part in the WORTH lab program”.

”I think I am one of the luckiest persons who got the opportunity to take part in WORTH lab program. This program is unique and awesome in terms of its design and content. This program taught me how to generate and structure an idea and explore programme designs”.

About my project: Pathway to SRHR Revolution: Open Air Exhibition for Safe Sexual and Reproductive Health

“We want to empower adolescents and youths. Under this initiative, some local youths and adolescents SRHR activist groups will be formed and capacity build. They will make stories related to SRHR, the nexus between climate change and SRHR, women contribution to environmental sustainability in pictorial mode, arrange open-air exhibition in different public places and educational institutes where they will tell those stories through series of colorful picture, posters, festoons and physical drama performance, etc. SRHR activists will also sensitize the policy actors, CSOs, and community people by their physical and visual performance”.

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Sabir Ali

Program Officer – Rural Development Foundation (RDF), Pakistan

“By participation in the WORTH lab program, I was able to find nexuses between climate change and SRHR and its implications on women and girls and was able to explore innovative solutions to address these implications”.


About my project: Building climate resilience among women and girls to improve access to reproductive health and family planning services.

“Sindh province is very prone to climate change events and has faced extreme floods and cyclones in recent years causing huge impacts on women and girls. The project will use innovative advocacy tools such as storytelling and folklore songs to make them more resilient to climate change and its implications on reproductive health and family planning services.
The project similarly aims to increase demand for women and girl’s participation in the policy making process related to climate change and aims to include reproductive health and family planning services in the existing disaster response policies. The project will establish sustainable working groups of women and girls on implications of climate change on reproductive health and family planning services to continue advocating for improved women and girls participation in the policy making process and inclusion of reproductive health and family planning services in existing disaster response policies”

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Shababa Ishayat Haque

Senior Research Associate – International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

“The organizers guided us to develop an initial seed idea into a well-rounded project proposal”

”Participating in the WORTH Innovation Lab was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. Through the two lab sessions we, as the participants, were taught about key issues regarding the interlinkages between climate change and SRHR issues. We were provoked to think about the significant relationship between these two crucial issues and how it is reflected in our home countries. The most important aspect of the WORTH innovation lab for me was the facilitation and design aspect. It really helped the participants identify key problem areas and think of creative ways to address them. The organizers guided us to develop an initial seed idea into a well-rounded project proposal. Through the process, we were also taught to design prototypes and do sales pitches, which could then help us materialize these ideas into actual projects”.

About my project: Walk the Walk

“The project is a proposal for an interactive web-based gaming tool aimed to improve awareness about the key interlinkages between climate change and SRHR issues in Bangladesh. The game would take an interactive story telling approach and allow users to experience different journeys made by characters in a climate vulnerable coastal village in Bangladesh. As users select choices on behalf of the characters they will be led to different routes and see consequent outcomes, that demonstrate the connections between climate change and SRHR issues in this particular setting. While building empathy and share knowledge are key objectives of the game, it also intends to serve as a knowledge hub. Information packages will be embedded within the game, which will help users make better decisions and solve quizzes. The main idea behind the project is to deliver knowledge and information about climate change and SRHR issues in a way that is more relatable. As the user gains better perspective regarding the overall context, they will be able to retain this knowledge more easily and apply it to shape their own understanding of these issues”.

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Vivien Facunla

Field Program Coordinator – PATH Foundation Phillippines, Inc (PFPI)

“It may sound like we can’t do anything about it because it has always been a part of the culture. But WORTH Innovation Programme inspires me to say to myself “Hey! That’s not true! We can do something, we can be innovative in helping solve this problem in the community”

”My participation in the WORTH Innovation Programme has given me new insights on sexual rights and a deeper understanding on reproductive health and how it is related to human rights. The WORTH Innovation Programme provided a platform and a well-balanced composition of participants, which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges on how climate change impacts poor communities and women in particular. They are often reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods, and they often have least capacity to respond to natural hazards, which validated my perceptions that it’s not only happening in our country, Philippines, but it’s happening anywhere, especially in the developing countries. It may sound like we can’t do anything about it because it has always been a part of the culture. But WORTH Innovation Programme inspires me to say to myself “Hey! That’s not true! we can do something, we can be innovative in helping solve this problem in the community”.
The techniques used during the training brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm for me to persevere on my advocacy on mainstreaming not only gender equality in fisheries management but also bringing in the concept of sexual and reproductive rights to the community I am currently working with”.

About my project: Women-Managed Area is a Right #ourhelath #ourlife

“My project will focus on promoting the rights of women to manage and access the resources. This is not only innovative but a landmark action in the country since this is the first time that indigenous women fishers from Coron and Linapacan will be given an opportunity to exclusively manage fisheries areas and designate a special zone for a family wherein they will plant a mangrove seedling every time there’s a newborn baby which they will call their ‘’Twin-Bakhaw”. I’m excited to share this innovation to all you and demonstrate that Women Managed Area is a Right, #ourhealth #ourlife”.

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The Grantees 2019

Tahira Kaleem

Co-Founder and Executive Director – The Enlight Lab

“Worth initiative has served as a life changing avenue for me in terms of understanding intersectionality of sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate change and innovation altogether”

“The WORTH program is designed in a way that gives room to trial and error and finding solutions based on ground realities. Moreover, the labs were designed in such a way to spark the creativity in each and every participant and have moments of inspirations throughout the journey”.

About my project: Step in the Lobby

“Step in the Lobby is about building capacity of young women and girls as an advocate for SRHR in climate change prone areas. Community Champions are working on SHE-NEEDs projects designed and implemented by champions themselves to demand sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to be a part of the effective lobbying team for better youth friendly health services in Malakand Division of KP, Pakistan”.

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Pats Oliva

Communications Campaigner - Health Care Without Harm Southeast Asia

“I believe that the WORTH Initiative Labs definitely added value to how I am going to grow as a climate and health communications practitioner”

“More than expanding my view of SRHR and its connection to the climate narrative, through the WORTH Initiative Lab I have also gained a creative and innovative outlook when it comes to crafting campaign strategies. Most specially, the lab taught me to think critically, from the idea conception to implementation and monitoring. The lab made me realize that campaigns will not be effective without going through a process such as identifying the risks, creating prototypes and testing them out, finding out the possibilities of how your output will be perceived, as well as the relevance of an idea to your target audience”.

About my project: Women, Art, and Climate Change

“The project is a travelling roadshow aiming to re-frame climate change to be both an environmental and SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) issue. Through music, visual arts, and cultural workshops, this initiative aims to increase the ability of girls and women of reproductive age in the affected communities to identify, understand, and cope with various climate-related disasters that affect their sexual and reproductive health.

Finally, to collectively promote a climate-resilient, environment-friendly, and pandemic-prepared healthcare systems that look after our women and girls, among other vulnerable sectors”.

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Samreen Khan Ghauri

Executive Director - Shelter Participatory Organization

“The WORTH Innovation Labs allowed me to explore and experiment with ideas and turn them into executable forms”

“Being among the first fellows of the WORTH Programme, the experience itself was unique and extraordinary. The whole process tried to break the stereotypical way of thinking and provide a space to consider innovative solutions to the nexuses of SRHR and climate change. To get the opportunity to network and cooperate with co-fellows on everything from policy making to intervention at grass-root community, study theories, exchange thoughts and testing execution tools was also very valuable. It was the experience from the WORTH Programme, that gave me a new and solid direction and pace for working on Women & Climate actions”.

About my project: Media Molds for women & SRHR in climate change

“Advocacy with media can play an instrumental role to address the issue of women & SRHR in climate action. The intervention aims to address the lack of understanding of nexuses of SRHR and climate change and the lack of awareness. We aim to build a momentum through media, where we want to draw the attention of local citizens and policy makers on this matter. We want to do this through capacity building and advocacy”.

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Danica Marie Supnet

Research Coordinator – Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC)

“Because of the learnings from WORTH we can now scale up and add a gender lens to our existing work with some of the most vulnerable communities in the Philippines”

“In the WORTH Innovation Labs, I have gained new skills on program development that strikes the balance between identifying solutions to address the issues of gender and development (GAD) in the context of climate change while ensuring initiatives are innovative and creative. ICSC is a climate and energy group in the Philippines focused on climate policy and low carbon development, while SRHR and the whole GAD agenda are relatively new to our streams of work. Because of the learnings from WORTH we can now scale up and add a gender lens to our existing work with some of the most vulnerable communities in the Philippines”.

About my project: Opening the “Cookie Jar” for SRHR in the Context of Climate Change

“In the Philippines, the Gender and Development Fund of local governments has been criticized by some as a cookie jar, which might be used for any unfunded project. We want to help local development planners become more innovative and efficient in using their gender funds, so they can not only empower women and children but also help them respond to climate change. In our project site of Guiuan, in the Eastern Samar province, we will capacitate local development planners to gather field photos showing stories of women and children adapting to climate change. Afterwards, the planners will discuss these stories which would become the foundation of programs and activities in their gender and development plan. This is our share in the call for mainstreaming GAD into climate action”.

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