12 August 2019
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
|Globally and in focus geographies, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation continues to fund grantee partner work to foster an enabling political environment and secure funding commitments for family planning.
• Strengthening commitment to family planning in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and DRC: The Foundation continued supporting partners working at the national and sub-national level on improving political and financial support for increasing access to high-quality family planning that have contributed to expanded advocacy and service delivery.
• Strengthening partnerships to advance access and quality in South Asia: In India, grantees have undertaken advocacy, communication, and accountability activities to increase access to and demand for quality family planning services. In Myanmar, grantees are engaging the government and service providers in expanding contraceptive education and usage.
• Donor collaboration in multiple geographies: The Foundation continues to collaborate with multilateral, bilateral, and recipient country governments, resulting in heightened political will and financial resources being channeled to family planning education and services. The Foundation has provided ongoing support to Amplify Change, a pooled fund focusing on solutions for the most neglected SRHR issues. The fund has shown consistent growth and reach, since 2014, providing 500 grants in 58 countries worth $40 million.
The Foundation has continued to promote a woman-centered approach to quality services. Efforts include:
• Quality and access in South Asia: The Foundation’s South Asia subprogram makes deep investments in Bihar, India with targeted investments in Uttar Pradesh, Karachi in Pakistan, and select states of Myanmar. In India, the program continues to improve access to quality services in public and private sectors, improve family planning counseling and method choice, and further develop comprehensive sexuality education approaches. In Myanmar, the program aims to accelerate access to family planning through strategic advocacy, training of providers, and technical assistance.
• Quality and access in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Sub-Saharan Africa subprogram has targeted investments in Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC, and Kenya. It seeks to expand access to quality family planning and reproductive health services, including youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, in public and private sectors. The Foundation makes strategic investments in the region to support scaling up services; for example, funding work in Ethiopia on task-shifting to level four health extension workers that is now being evaluated with USAID to drive the nationwide scale up. Investments also focus on shifting socio-cultural norms around sexual and reproductive health decisions.
• Championing the Quality and Rights agenda: The Foundation’s Global Family Planning portfolio funds initiatives conceptualizing, measuring, and monitoring quality; strengthening service delivery practices and policies; and mobilizing stakeholders to advance a rights-based approach to quality. The Foundation partnered with organizations to develop better indicators and measures of quality of care that are “person-centered” and to create a community of practice around this work.
• Quality Innovation Challenge: At 2018 ICFP the Foundation highlighted quality in panels, plenary sessions, and in its third Quality Innovation Challenge. This competitive grant process generated almost 700 submissions.
2012—London Family Planning Summit
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation confirmed its existing funding of US $24 million per year between now and 2020 for family planning. As part of this commitment, the Packard Foundation will establish grantmaking strategies that are aligned with goals of the London Summit on Family Planning. The Foundation will work to strengthen donor and recipient country government’s partnership, political will and funding commitments for family planning. The Packard Foundation commits to continuing to improve the quality and effectiveness of family planning programs and services in the targeted regions where Packard is present, and to increasing women’s and girls’ ability to make informed decisions, utilizing the most appropriate family planning programs and services in their context. Packard Foundation funding is subject to decisions by its Board of Trustees and the performance of the Foundation’s endowment.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation commits $120 million over the next 4 years to ensure that family planning and reproductive health information and services are more accessible to all. It will support new funding initiatives that promote women’s leadership at global, regional, national and local levels to revitalize political will and build new momentum to support increased investment in reproductive health and improved reproductive health outcomes for couples in Bihar, India. The Foundation has also partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a new, Advance Family Planning, initiative that seeks to revitalize political and financial commitments in nine countries through African women leaders and their networks.