Ugandan Parliament Sharpens Focus on Family Planning through Passage of National Population Council Bill

On July 23, 2013, the Parliament of Uganda passed the National Population Council Bill 2011, which will create a new, autonomous government body to oversee the country’s population, reproductive health, and family planning policies. The Population Secretariat (POPSEC), the current implementing body of the nation’s population plan, has advocated for the creation of a National Population Council for more than a decade. A first reading of the bill to establish the National Population Council was made in Parliament in 2012. However, the bill languished in limbo for more than a year, and was not put on the “order paper,” the agenda for parliament discussions. This case study describes how the Advance Family Planning initiative helped to develop and implement a focused advocacy strategy to reenergize the debate on the National Population Council Bill in Parliament in an effort to pass the bill, working with leaders in Parliament; POPSEC; Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office; and Reproductive Health Uganda.

 

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