09 August 2019

Advance Family Planning

2018

Advance Family Planning’s commitment in 2012 to FP2020 in support of Every Woman Every Child has been rolled over until 2020 to help advance the Updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). More information about this commitment can be found here.

Commitment Progress

Advance Family Planning (AFP) continues to make significant progress against its commitment to persuade policy-makers to honor their Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) commitments and, in general, seek increased political commitment and funding for family planning at the global, regional, country and local levels.

AFP has been instrumental in getting national governments to adopt favorable family planning policies and helping subnational governments implement these policies. From November 2017 to October 2018, AFP partners achieved over 442 advocacy wins, bringing its total since 2009 to 1,312. Half of these wins (51%) led to new policies or the implementation of existing policies to improve access to a full range of family planning services, including for married and unmarried youth and for women and girls post-pregnancy. Furthermore, 93% of wins were at the subnational level, thereby increasing our subnational reach from 86 million to 128 million women of reproductive age.

Since November 1, 2017, AFP’s advocacy with national and local decision-makers produced 361 budget allocations totaling $25.9 million for family planning across all levels (from governments and private sector), of which 30% (107) represented first-time family planning budget allocations and 40% (143) were repeat allocations. Importantly, most of these funds are from multi-year funding actions, indicating a sustained commitment to family planning. Of the 143 geographies making repeat allocations, nearly half (47%) sustained or increased their funding levels compared to the previous year. At the same time, AFP advocates worked harder to follow the money and were able to track more than $4 million in funds released or expended for family planning in four countries.

As a result of inroads in sustainability of effective locally-led advocacy efforts, AFP diffused and reinforced use of the AFP SMART approach through a growing corps of “master facilitators” and 161 international and local organizations.

As part of AFP’s commitment to strengthening local and national advocacy effectiveness, we also initiated a major effort to help six international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) make advocacy a core, integral part of their organizations. At the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, CEOs of six INGOs shared their vision for mainstreaming advocacy in their organizations with AFP assistance and discussed future collaboration.

AFP is committed to strengthening advocacy effectiveness—locally and nationally—to ensure that momentum is not lost and that countries assume greater ownership of the family planning agenda. This ownership is essential to meet FP2020 and broader health and development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and to improve the prospects of individuals, families, and communities.

2017

Commitment Progress

Advance Family Planning (AFP) is making significant progress against its goal to persuade policy-makers to honor their Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) commitments and, in general, seek increased political commitment and funding for family planning at the global, regional, country and local levels.

More national and subnational governments and private companies are making and increasing financial commitments to family planning information, services, and supplies. From November 2015 to October 2017, AFP and its partners achieved over 700 advocacy wins and mobilized US $30.5 million in family planning funding.

In the last project year alone (November 2016 to October 2017), AFP advocates engaged with national and local decision-makers, producing 364 budget allocations totaling $18.2 million for family planning across all levels. This funding consists of large national budget allocations, smaller amounts from subnational government authorities, and corporate funding. Sixty-eight percent of these 364 budget allocations represent first-time family planning budget allocations and 19% were sustained or increased allocations from the previous year. Private companies in two countries (DRC and India) invested a total of $165,821 in new family planning funding in 2016-2017.

In tandem with increasing resources for family planning, AFP works to improve the policy environment for improved and equitable access. From November 2015 to October 2017, 186 family planning policy wins in 10 countries and the Opportunity Fund enabled better access to contraceptive information, services, and supplies. AFP advocated for new policies and implementation of existing policies and recently incorporated a more explicit focus on youth, post-partum family planning, and quality of care. The resulting advocacy wins improved access to quality family planning services; facilitated choice of a wider range of contraceptive methods; increased the types of health workers that can provide methods; improved accountability mechanisms; and revised family planning curricula and training.

As a result of direct advocacy and expansion efforts, AFP’s potential reach at subnational levels nearly quadrupled from 22.2 million women of reproductive age to 85.7 million. AFP’s presence and influence increased from 239 subnational geographies in November 2015 to 367 by October 2017.

One of AFP’s best practices is use of the AFP SMART advocacy approach. AFP has strengthened the ability of local and international NGOs to apply the SMART approach to advocate effectively with policymakers. By the end of 2017, we cultivated a corps of more than 260 individuals and 26 organizations that are able to effectively develop and implement advocacy strategies using AFP SMART. More than 100 of these individuals are trained master facilitators and are capable of further leading advocacy strategy development. We know that this expanded community of practice is key to global-scale advocacy and sustained leadership on family planning.

AFP is committed to strengthening advocacy effectiveness—locally and nationally—to ensure that momentum is not lost and that countries assume greater ownership of the family planning agenda. This ownership is essential to meet FP2020 and broader health and development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and to improve the prospects of individuals, families, and communities.

2012—London Family Planning Summit

With its many partners, Advance Family Planning will persuade policy-makers to honor their London Summit on Family Planning commitments and, in general, seek increased political commitment and funding from public and private sources for family planning at the global, regional, country and local levels.