FP2020: Civil Society Plays a Critical Role in Accelerating Progress towards FP2020 Goal

FP2020 is building new partnerships and driving new commitments to enable an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries to use modern contraception by 2020. Civil society champions are forging strong relationships with donors and governments, supported by FP2020. These partnerships are resulting in: high-quality service delivery, outreach to the most vulnerable populations, increased community support and engagement, and program accountability to the people served. Partnerships that include civil society are often more successful, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and results.

As we approach 2020, the family planning community must build strong sustainable partnerships between governments and civil society organizations, strengthen the role of civil society groups in promoting family planning, and hold governments accountable for the commitments they have made through FP2020.

A cornerstone of FP2020’s country support approach is the focal point structure in each commitment-making country. Focal Points – representing Ministry of Health, UNFPA, USAID or DFID – serve as critical partners in achieving countries’ FP2020 goals. To accelerate action and impact, in 2017 FP2020 expanded the focal point structure to include a representative from civil society in each country.