FP2020 Reference Group Welcomes New Countries, Civil Society Organizations

DateMarch 23, 2015
TypePress Releases

Niger, Tanzania, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and Marie Stopes International join the 18-member governing body for FP2020. 

Washington, DC (March 23, 2015) – Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership dedicated to improving access to family planning information, services, and supplies, today announced its latest cohort of Reference Group members, who include newly added countries Niger and Tanzania. Members will convene for the first time in April in New Delhi, India.

“The Reference Group members are essential stewards of the FP2020 movement,” said Beth Schlachter, FP2020’s interim Executive Director. “They play a key role in not only driving progress towards FP2020 commitments, but also in bringing the needs and concerns of their constituencies to the table.”

The Reference Group is co-chaired by Dr. Chris Elias, President of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In addition to the Co-Chairs, the members of the FP2020 Reference Group are:

  • Michael Anderson, Children's Investment Fund Foundation**
  • Dr. Wapada Balami, Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation
  • Simon Cooke, Marie Stopes International**
  • Jane Edmondson, United Kingdom Department for International Development
  • Dr. Tore Godal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Robin Gorna, Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Child Health*
  • Dr. Idrissa Maiga Mahamadou, Ministry of Health, Niger**
  • Tewodros Melesse, International Planned Parenthood Foundation
  • C.K. Mishra, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India*
  • Poonam Muttreja, Population Foundation of India
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Ambar Rahayu (interim designee), National Family Planning Coordinating Board, Indonesia*** 
  • Hon. Dr. Seif Rashid, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania**
  • John Skibiak, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
  • Dr. Marleen Temmerman, World Health Organization*

As FP2020’s governing body, the Reference Group provides overall strategic direction and coordination for the partnership. Its 18 members are drawn from multilateral organizations, civil society, donor agencies, the private sector and the governments of countries that have made FP2020 commitments. 

 Tanzania and Niger will assume seats on the body for the first time. Hon. Dr. Seif Rashid, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, will represent Tanzania. 

 “We believe that voluntary family planning is essential healthcare for women and girls, and look forward to helping set the strategic direction of FP2020 through the Reference Group,” said Dr. Rashid. “When women are unable to plan their pregnancies or space their childbearing, their health—and the health of their children—is at risk.  In Tanzania, the Sharpened One Plan is our national roadmap for improving maternal, newborn, and child health.  We are collaborating with our FP2020 partners to ensure that life-saving contraception is included as part of the continuum of care.”

 The Government of Niger will be represented by Dr. Idrissa Maiga Mahamadou, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health. 

"Here in Francophone West Africa we realize that family planning plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of every country. This is a major challenge for us. And that is why we are fully committed to the FP2020 movement," said Dr. Maiga.

 Two newly added organizations are Marie Stopes International, represented by CEO Simon Cooke, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, represented by CEO Michael Anderson.

 The following organizations are continuing their terms on the governing body but have designated new members: the World Health Organization, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and the governments of India and Indonesia.

 Membership in the Reference Group rotates to ensure that a diverse range of FP2020 stakeholders are represented. The two-year terms are staggered to maintain continuity of leadership, with eight of the seat holders beginning new terms this year.

 FP2020 extends its deep appreciation to members whose terms are expiring this year for their dedicated service, and welcomes the new members.

 “The members who are rotating off after their two-year terms were true pioneers, helping to shape the FP2020 initiative from its beginnings at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. We look forward to continued sterling leadership from our new members,” Schlachter said.

*     New designee
**   New country or organization
*** Interim designee


For further information contact: 
Lauren Wolkoff
Communications Director, FP2020

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Children's Investment Fund Foundation Indonesia Intl. Planned Parenthood Federation Niger Nigeria Norway RHSC Advocacy and Accountability Working Group Tanzania UNFPA United Nations Foundation United States Agency for International Development (USAID) World Health Organization (WHO)