Strong Alliances, Further Together: Country Engagement at FP2020, 2012-2020

Family Planning 2020 is a global community of partners working together to advance rights-based family planning. The FP2020 partnership was launched at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, with the goal of enabling 120 million additional women and girls in the world’s lowest-income countries to use voluntary modern contraception. In preparation for the next phase of the partnership, expected to launch in 2021, FP2020 commissioned a series of papers to explore the successes and challenges of the past eight years. This report focuses on FP2020’s country engagement strategy: activities specifically undertaken to engage and support commitment-making countries.

As a unique collaborative platform, FP2020 sits at the nexus of global, regional, and national efforts to expand rights-based family planning. In the FP2020 approach, countries set the agenda for progress with formal commitments to develop, support, and strengthen their family planning programs. Joining FP2020 links countries with a network of partners that includes multilateral development agencies, government donors and private foundations, civil society organizations at the frontlines of reproductive health, technical experts and implementing partners, and dozens of other countries from around the world that are also committed to delivering voluntary rights-based family planning to their citizens. The result is a global enabling environment that spurs and supports country progress.

The FP2020 Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the initiative. The Secretariat works with global and country partners to identify gaps and bottlenecks, collaborate on data and performance management, advocate for the rights of women and girls, respond to the needs of the young and the marginalized, share and expand best practices, promote accountability, align messaging and communications strategies, and build and maintain momentum within the global family planning movement.

This report traces the evolution of FP2020’s country engagement strategy from the 2012 London Summit to the present day, as led first by the Country Engagement Working Group and subsequently by the Secretariat’s Country Support team. It chronicles the successes, challenges, and lessons learned along the way, and concludes with a set of recommendations to inform the next iteration of the family planning partnership and the movement toward the global 2030 vision.