Elevating Family Planning & Reproductive Health
The Repositioning Family Planning Initiative works to Elevate Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) by using innovative advocacy tools to demonstrate the critical link between FP/RH and other development sectors.
Promote advocacy tools to demonstrate the impact of family planning on health and other development sectors.
Population-related models effectively illustrate the impact of rapid population growth on a country's economy, education, and health system. When committed champions at the country level adopt appropriate models, they can be effective tools to advocate for increased resources for FP/RH. Over the past five years there has been a proliferation of new models developed, aiming to capture the attention of policy makers about the importance of investing in family planning programs. The Repositioning Family Planning team will work with project management teams and USAID Missions to help identify the appropriate tools to use depending on each country context. Examples of existing models include: ENGAGE Presentations, Impact II, the Gap Analysis tool, and the DemDiv model. New advocacy approaches may be needed particularly in West Africa where progress has been slower.
Integrate family planning into the larger Resiliency efforts.
In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, such as the Sahel, rapid population growth is contributing to cycles of chronic poverty and food insecurity, undermining potential development gains. While efforts to alleviate extreme poverty and food shortages are addressed under the Agency’s resiliency initiative, less attention is being paid to population growth as one of the underlying drivers of these conditions. The Repositioning Family Planning team will work with colleagues in other USAID Bureaus to help ensure family planning programs are funded and implemented in the targeted zones of Niger and Burkina Faso. Since the Sahel region is also a priority of the Ouagadogou Partnership, the Repositioning Family Planning team will work with other donors to leverage funding and technical assistance to these areas.
Promote the Demographic Dividend as a framework for development.
Evidence demonstrates that if countries increase access to family planning information, products, and services at scale, as well as accelerate reductions in child mortality, strengthen secondary education programs especially for girls and women, and institute sound fiscal and labor policies, countries have the potential to reap a demographic dividend. The Repositioning Family Planning team promotes work with partners both inside and outside USAID to demonstrate the links between investing in family planning programs and improvements in other development sectors. Illustrative examples of work include:
- Promoting and supporting the DemDiv Model;
- Building the capacity of a regional institution to provide technical assistance on policy implications of the demographic dividend;
- Leveraging efforts of the USAID Africa Bureau to train staff on the concept and promote multi-sectoral programming.