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AFP Awards Nine Locally-Driven Advocacy Grants
August 26, 2016
In June, Advance Family Planning (AFP) awarded grants to nine organizations across eight countries to participants of AFP’s "Fostering Locally-Driven Advocacy for Family Planning" workshop in January 2016. The grants, totaling $470,000, are managed by PAI through the Opportunity Fund.
The grant recipients' advocacy objectives were borne out of the workshop participants’ experience in January – workshop attendees received hands-on technical assistance and mentorship as they were led through an AFP SMART facilitation to develop Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound objectives and draft action plans specific to their contexts.
Since receiving a supplement from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AFP has continued to expand its advocacy initiative into new geographies. Through the new grants, AFP’s strategic advocacy will be implemented in Ghana, Madagascar, and the Philippines for the first time.
To date, the Opportunity Fund has awarded 37 grants totaling USD 1.5 million in 17countries.
View the full list of awardees and their goals below:
- Burkina Faso – Family Care International program of Management Sciences for Health: increase the family planning budget at the subnational government level.
- Ghana – Marie Stopes International: issue a task-sharing policy for intrauterine device insertion and removal.
- Kenya – World Provision Center: increase family planning funding at the subnational level, develop a costed family planning strategy, and establish a technical working group.
- Madagascar – Management Sciences for Health: revise national reproductive health policy to improve adolescent and youth access.
- Nigeria – Marie Stopes International: expand task-sharing services to address long-acting reversible contraception.
- Philippines – Forum for Family Planning and Development: improve reproductive health support for young people and increase the related budget allocation at the subnational level.
- Uganda – FHI 360: reclassify injectable contraceptives in order to improve supply from private services.
- Uganda – Population Secretariat Uganda: redistribute contraceptive supplies at the subnational level based on consumption data.
- Zambia – Centre for Reproductive Health and Education: create a family planning budget allocation at the subnational level.