Established in 1993, ARROW's SRHR Knowledge Sharing Centre is one of the few remaining women's health and SRHR dedicated resource centres in the region and globally. ASK-us is guided by the philosophy that strategic collection, packaging, dissemination and use of information can lead to social change, and to this end it endeavors to make critical SRHR information accessible.
ASK-us makes information available to SRHR stakeholders, researchers, activists, health professionals, NGOs, governments, academicians, ARROW partners and networks, as well as caters internally to ARROW’s needs. We currently reach over 129 countries across the world.
Objectives of ASK-us include:
• Maintaining a comprehensive, up-to-date collection of resources on women’s health, with a particular focus on innovative, practical and action-oriented materials
• Providing timely and useful information services upon request and proactive dissemination of information according to identified needs of key target groups
• Establishing a system of collection and exchange of materials with a wide range of organisations, by fostering information partnerships
• Preparing research tools such as annotated bibliographies and providing literature searches, technical assistance and training on information and knowledge management
Currently, the special collection on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, which includes books, journals, audio-visual materials, articles, brochures, information packages, conference publications, and grey literature from ARROW’s projects and programmes, exceeds 25,000 information resources.
Aligned to ARROW’s belief in the power of effective collaborations and partnerships to make a difference in women’s lives, the ASK-us centre has a partnership called the Information Management Partnerships (IMPs). The main objective of this mechanism is to facilitate collection and sharing of information that is not easily accessible, and in many cases available only at the country level or in the local languages, among and across organisations in this region. The sharing is not only done virtually and by regular exchange of publications, but also through face-to-face interactions at regional meetings organised by ARROW and the ASK-us centre.