2010 has been a time of continued expansion for the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), following the trend for the previous three years. Several factors have driven this expansion, including the recognition of the strategic niche occupied by ARROW and its partners in linking local, national, regional and global advocacy on women’s health and rights. We also firmly established our role in using monitoring and advocacy as a political tool to ensure government accountability to national and international policy commitments and development assistance for health in the region.
The expansion had also been enabled by a full and stable staff complement, a strong Programme Advisory Committee, and committed and experienced Board of Directors. Our number of partnerships in various projects and programmes have experienced increases of between 50–100% or more. Additionally, more than 35 national partner organisations participated in our Strategic Planning Meeting in May 2010.