Underpinning CHAT's theory of change is a set of core beliefs informed by decades of family planning work in Kenya. These beliefs guide the philosophy of CHAT's approach.
- With the reduction of family size, populations reduce pressures on the environment.
- CHAT believes increased family planning use reduces suffering of everyone, but in particular women.
- When suffering and struggles are reduced individuals and communities can stop making choices out of desperation that are often costly for the environment.
- When you increase the spacing between children both mother and child have better health outcomes.
- Individuals can contribute more towards livelihood and economic opportunities when family size is manageable. This includes social opportunities, education and economic outcomes for all individuals in the community.
- CHAT works with many partners, but believes government is the most sustainable long-term partner for family planning, health, and environment needs of the community.