News and Updates from FP2030


Dear colleagues,

It is a pleasure to write and share with you FP2030’s updates this month, as I take on the role of Interim Executive Director following Beth Schlachter’s departure at the end of April and ahead of the arrival of FP2030’s new Executive Director later this year. Beth’s great leadership over the past seven years has truly set us on a course to a successful FP2030 partnership. The transition to our new structure is well under way, led by the Transition Oversight Group, with the FP2030 secretariat and the Transition Management Team hard at work bringing it all together.

We have been energized as we hear from partners around the world who are in the process of developing their FP2030 commitments. Governments are collaborating with civil society and youth organizations to shape national commitments using many of the resources in the FP2030 commitments toolkit to guide their discussions. If your organization is considering making a commitment, the toolkit will walk you through the steps and underlying principles, with links to key resources to inform your commitment.

Making a commitment to expand the use of family planning in the midst of a pandemic poses particular challenges. FP2030 focal points discuss how they have continued to advocate for resources for family planning — and indeed, how they have identified ways to support the COVID-19 prevention and vaccination efforts — in a new video series. Beverly Nkirote shines a light on the challenges of protecting access to family planning, part of a new podcast series produced by FP2030 and Knowledge Success, Inside the FP Story.

This year has again reminded us all how resilient the family planning community truly is, innovating in the face of supply cuts and closed health services. Being prepared to continue family planning services during a crisis will help to protect the lives and health of women and girls and is a key element of the work we must all do to ensure an equitable recovery. This is why we are encouraging commitment makers to incorporate emergency preparedness into their commitments. In a recent meeting with the Ouagadougou Partnership, country representatives shared how they have protected family planning access during recent challenges, from the pandemic to political unrest and weather crises.

Sadly, we know that the family planning community, along with the broader global health community, will be feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for some time. Since late April, we have been learning about how the UK will be implementing cuts to its humanitarian aid. UNFPA, IPPF, and MSI Reproductive Choices have taken massive hits to their flagship programs, and we anticipate there may be more funding challenges ahead, including pressure on domestic family planning funds. The strength of our community to shift resources and find solutions will be more important than ever, as we navigate the months ahead.

Yours in partnership and solidarity,

Martyn Smith
Interim Executive Director

Explore the FP2030 Commitments Toolkit

The FP2030 commitments toolkit is a one-stop resource for creating a robust and transformative commitment to FP2030. Explore guidance around commitment process, domestic financing, rights and empowerment, postpartum and post-abortion family planning, and more. 

As Countries Write FP2030 Commitments, New Podcast Shares The Secrets to Success: Step One Is Centering Youth

Beverly Nkirote, FP2030 Youth Focal Point for Kenya, is a Programme Officer at the Network for Adolescents and Youth of Africa (NAYA) in Kenya. NAYA is a youth-led regional advocacy network committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy. She was recently featured on the family planning podcast, Inside the FP Story, by FP2030 and Knowledge Success. Listen to her episode here, or read an excerpt on our website.

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Updates from the OPCU: A Readout From The Region

Sparked by conversations at the OPCU annual meeting in December, the Partnership recently organized three digital sessions to allow the community to exchange in more depth on certain themes of importance to the region. One of these sessions focused on providing family planning services during a humanitarian crisis. As the world continues to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health systems and supply chains, many advocates might learn from the region. Learn more.

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Responding to COVID-19: A Conversation with Family Planning Advocates

As African countries prepare for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, what opportunities exist for advocates to engage policy makers in ensuring equitable access and swift distributions of vaccines? How can advocates work to ensure family planning is prioritized in health systems, even among rolling lockdowns? Advocates discuss these questions and more in an ongoing video series, Advocacy in COVID-19. Watch now.


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Building FP2030: Updates on the Next Phase of the Partnership

FP2030 is hiring! The partnership is currently seeking a consultant for global advocacy and accountability strategy.

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Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India, advocates for policy action to address glaring inequities of gender exposed and worsened by COVID-19 in COVID in India: Drawing Lessons From its Biggest Public Health Crisis.

HOT4FP is a tool for optimizing HRH to deliver more efficient family planning services through task-sharing. HRH2030 developed the tool to increase health workforce efficiency in providing client-centered family planning services by identifying and addressing HRH bottlenecks at primary health facilities.

A new study sheds some light on the contraceptive values and preferences of sex workers.

Inside the FP Story is a new podcast from FP2030 and Knowledge SUCCESS. Don’t miss the first three episodes: What Does Family Planning Program Success Look Like?Six Obstacles in Family Planning Programs – And How To Overcome Them; and Priorities for Family Planning Programs to Achieve a Better Future for All

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