Strengthening Leadership

The Repositioning Family Planning Initiative works to Strengthen Leadership of institutions and individuals to develop innovative ways to increase both financial and technical support for family planning in their communities, work together with one voice and in unity to address challenges, promote accountability, and encourage delivery of high-quality family planning information, products, and services. 

South-South Technical Assistance and South-North Knowledge Exchange. 

Southern institutions often develop innovative ways to address problems in their communities enabling them to share lessons learned, achievements, and advice with both southern and northern organizations. With increased collaboration, southern institutions can work together with one voice, and in unity, to address major issues from grass roots to grass tops. Creating more opportunities for northern institutions to learn from southern successes can ensure that development and aid work is truly responsive to the needs in the field. The Repositioning Family Planning team will work with partners on the following:

  • Support capacity building efforts to develop a cadre of consultants from sub-Saharan Africa to provide technical assistance to other sub-Saharan African institutions. 

  • Create platforms and spaces, both virtual and in-person, for: exchange of technical information, development of strategies and action plans, formation of working groups.  

  • Connect country teams to facilitate participation in study trips to see and learn from successful family planning programs. 

Training Champions. USG leadership, Country Ministers, Non-governmental Organizations. 

USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) often engages leaders in developing countries and the Repositioning Family Planning team will now focus on building capacity of US leaders who work abroad in PRH priority countries. Ambassadors, and other USG representatives can encourage delivery of high quality family planning information, products, and services. 

  • The economic, financial, security, and environmental impact of family planning requires engagement of non-health ministers to understand and support the inclusion of family planning in laws and policies including: ministers of foreign affairs, ministers of defense, ministers of gender and youth, and ministers of environment.

  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society are often able to keep both USAID and country governments accountable for actions they have taken or committed to take. NGOs play an important role in advocacy and accountability to ensure the successful implementation of family planning programs, services, laws, and policies.

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