DateNovember 12, 2017
2017 Update: Read the commitment here.
2013:The Democratic Republic of Congo commits to executing on the national strategic plan for family planning for 2014-2020. The government also commits to protecting adolescent girls from early marriage through education, awareness raising, social integration, and women’s empowerment programs.
DateJuly 12, 2017
2017 Update: Read the commitment here.
2013:The Government of Guinea commits to finalizing and disseminating the national plan for accelerating progress on family planning by Dec. 31, 2013. It also commits to strengthening institutional instruments to establish policies and structures that effectively accelerate progress on family planning. The government commits to elaborating and disseminating legislation on reproductive health. In particular, Guinea commits to institutionalizing the National Campaign for Family Planning Services and elevating the institutional standing of family planning by creating a Family Planning Division within the National Directorate for Family Health and Nutrition. The government also pledges to enforce by 2018 the legal marriage age of 18 years old in accordance with the Children’s Code.
DateJuly 11, 2017
2017 Update: Read the commitment here.
2015:The government of Madagascar pledges to revise all executive and legislative documents to support an enabling environment for family planning and to effectively enforce all family planning and marriage-related laws. The government also commits to strengthening partnership and public and private multisectoral engagement in cooperation with all ministries.
DateJuly 11, 2017
2012: The Government of Bangladesh commits to increasing adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health and family planning services, providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services at one-third of maternal newborn and child health centers. Bangladesh will monitor to ensure quality of care is strengthened, including informed consent and choice and to support women to continue use of family planning methods. The government will work with the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to: address the needs of young people, especially young couples; reduce regional disparities, working with leaders and communities to delay early marriage and child birth; and increase male involvement. It will also increase training and workforce development. Bangladesh commits to adopting innovative service delivery approaches, like behavior change and information and communications technology. The government also commits to improving choice and availability of Long Acting and Permanent Methods (LaPMs), including for men, and post-partum and post-abortion services.
In July 2016, the Government of Bangladesh shared an update on progress in achieving its policy, financial and program and service delivery commitments to FP2020.
The Government of Bangladesh/MOHFW committed to increasing the availability and accessibility of Long Acting and Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs – IUD and Implant) and Permanent Methods (PMs – Tubectomy and Vasectomy) in order to help shift their share of the method mix from 8% to 20% by 2021, the revised target. Following activities are ongoing to achieve this goal:
The Government of Bangladesh committed to increasing training and workforce development by engaging in the following activities:
These technical cadres provide family planning and MCH services under the DGFP/MOHFW.
The Government of Bangladesh committed to increasing adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health and family planning services and to providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services at one-third of maternal, newborn, and child health centers.
The Government of Bangladesh committed to monitoring to ensure that quality of care is strengthened, including informed consent and choice.
DGFP conducted two days training on total quality improvement for Family Planning Clinical Supervisor Team/Quality Assurance Team (FPCST/QAT) in November 2015. As part of the training teams had to visit a model clinic (Narshindi) for “5S” intervention for hands on training. 5S concept was introduced in another two DGFP clinics to improve quality of FP-MCH services to learn implementation challenges and for scale up. Biannual meeting were also organized at national level to review the FP performance in terms of quality of services.
The Government of Bangladesh committed to working with leaders and communities to delay early marriage and childbirth. Please kindly provide an update on this commitment here.
The following innovative service delivery activities were carried out by the DGFP:
A dissemination and distribution guideline of IEC/BCC materials was developed. Through the USAID-funded SIAPS, Mayer Hashi and BKMI Projects, the DGFP system to order and distribute SBCC materials is being strengthened, including integrating IEC/BCC materials into the DGFP’s eLMIS dashboard.
DateJuly 11, 2017
2017: Malawi commits to ensure universal access to, and coverage of, sexual reproductive health and rights information and services with specific focus to all adolescent and young people through promoting wider method mix choice and LARCS with the goal of “no parenthood before adulthood,” and in the spirit of the SGDs “leaving no-one behind.” Specifically, the Ministry of Health will:
Malawi is further committed to reducing teenage age pregnancies by 5% per annum until 2030 in line with HSSP II set targets (2017 -2021). This will be done through ending child and early forced marriages and ensuring that girls complete their secondary education to safeguard young people in anticipating better youth participation necessary for harnessing the Demographic Dividend. To address the relatively high rate of child marriages and expectations of the first child is high, the Ministry of Health commits to:
To address inadequate integration of information on FP modern methods in CSE and public media, the government commits to:
To support meaningful participation of young people in coordination and implementation of SRH/FP/YFHS, the government commits to:
2012: Malawi will attempt to raise the legal age for marriage to 18 by 2014 and strengthen policy leadership by elevating the Reproductive Health Unit to a full Directorate. Malawi also committed to approving the National Population Policy by Dec. 31, 2012.
In July 2016, the Government of Malawi shared an update on progress in achieving its policy, financial and program and service delivery commitments to FP2020.
The government reports performing the following activities in support of its policy and political commitment:
The Parliament of Malawi in February unanimously voted to pass a bill that bans child marriage by raising the minimum legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years old. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations bill is now scheduled to be signed by the president, according to Reuters.
Malawi has one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with one in two girls being married before the age of 18. Child marriage limits girls from leading healthy, productive and full lives, blocking their ability to pursue educational and other opportunities, as well as increasing the risk of maternal death or serious childbirth injuries.
While seen as a historic step forward by the government and countless advocatesfor the rights of girls and women in Malawi, the law fails to address a legal loophole that allows girls younger than 18 years old to marry with parental consent. According to advocates, eliminating this exception, in addition to addressing poverty and harmful traditional practices, such s early sexual initiations, are critical in reducing child marriage and realizing the law’s desired effects.
DateNovember 15, 2015
Nov. 15, 2015: In 2015, Pathfinder International renewed its FP2020 commitment with a pledge to expand sexual and reproductive health services to 25 million youth in developing countries by 2020.
July 11, 2012: Pathfinder will initiate new work with communities to prevent early marriage in two countries in Francophone West Africa and work with partners to deliver family planning as a package of comprehensive reproductive health care, livelihood and environmental conservation activities in remote areas of Western Tanzania.
Pathfinder International shared the following update on progress in achieving its FP2020 commitments:
DateJuly 11, 2012
ICRW commits to expanding the evidence base on the importance of addressing socio-cultural barriers—including intimate partner violence, stigma and partner involvement—when striving to meet women’s demand for reproductive control and use of family planning services. ICRW will expand the evidence base linking women’s social and economic empowerment to family planning and sexual and reproductive health.
ICRW will also produce new evidence related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights and strengthen the connection between adolescent girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including delayed marriage and childbearing. This new evidence will help inform the design of family planning and sexual and reproductive health programs and services delivered through governments, the private sector and civil society. In addition, ICRW will develop and validate metrics to improve its understanding of the benefits that education brings to women’s access to and correct use of family planning.
The International Center for Research on Women provided the following updates on progress in achieving its FP2020 commitments:
Expanding the evidence base on the importance of addressing socio-cultural barriers when striving to meet women’s demand for reproductive control and use of family planning services
ICRW’s issued an important report at the time of the London Summit, titled, “Women's Demand for Reproductive Control: Understanding and Addressing Gender Barriers,” which addressed the ways in which gender-related barriers affect women’s ability to demand and use family planning and reproductive health. We have disseminated this report in targeted ways over the past three years.
Additionally, ICRW’s Asia Regional Office has carried out numerous studies on gender-based violence and partner engagement over the past three years. One such study surveyed men in five states in India to show the linkages between ideas of masculinity and son-preference. The findings have generated significant interest in policy circles, and ICRW staff is proactively engaged to advocate for the greater engagement of men and addressing violence reduction as strategy to improve family planning acceptance. ICRW aims to influence India’s commitment to addressing intimate partner violence and the rights of adolescent girls in the SDGs. Other studies and resulting reports and articles include:
Expand the evidence base linking women’s social and economic empowerment to family planning and sexual and reproductive health
ICRW and Dalberg Global Development Advisors set out to create a better understanding of corporate-funded women’s economic empowerment programs – what works and what does not – and make the case for how such programs can increase benefits for both women and for companies. ICRW and Dalberg found that corporations need to do more to address barriers that hinder women’s economic advancement. The majority of corporate-funded programs aim to build women's economic status by expanding employment opportunities, providing business training and making loans or credit more available. However, for a woman to be economically empowered, she needs more than skills and opportunities. The Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment: An Integrated Approach presents the study’s findings and includes an integrated framework that the private sector can adopt to increase return on investment and enhance women’s economic advancement. The integrated approach is based on a human rights framework that focuses on the broader conditions necessary for women to prosper economically, including reproductive control, safety from violence, freedom of movement and childcare – as well as business training, financial support and employment opportunities.
Produce new evidence related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights ICRW conducted a literature review and donor scan to identify what the evidence shows regarding adolescents and family planning. Findings from this study have been provided in a number of ways and settings, including through
Additional evidence we have generated regarding adolescent SRHR and adolescent girls’ rights includes:
Strengthen the connection between adolescent girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including delayed marriage and childbearing
ICRW conducted a study in northern Uganda that sought to understand the connections between girls’ schooling, early pregnancy and early marriage. Findings from this study, titled, Girls Are Like Leaves on the Wind: How Gender Expectations Impact Girls' Education - A Closer Look from West Nile, Uganda, were presented at various forums in Uganda by ICRW and our local partner, the Federation of Women Educationalists, as well as at an event in Washington, DC. The report resulted in significant media attention in Kenya and the U.S., and was picked up by the New York Times, among others.
ICRW’s report titled More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can End Child Marriage provided an in-depth look at four case studies (programs run by CARE in Ethiopia, BRAC in Bangladesh, Save the Children in Egypt and Pathfinder International in India) and found that girl-focused programs expand girls’ ability to make strategic life choices by providing them with access to critical resources. The information, skills and social support that they gain help to instill a transformation within girls: increasing their self-awareness, their self-efficacy and their aspirations. They also introduce girls to alternatives to marriage and early pregnancy, such as school and livelihood opportunities, and enhance their ability to influence key ‘gatekeepers’ in their lives, such as parents, husbands or community leaders.
ICRW has used the findings from these studies to advocate for girls education, including with the U.S. government and within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Develop and validate metrics to improve its understanding of the benefits that education brings to women’s access to and correct use of family planning
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, ICRW and the World Bank are undertaking a multi-year study to understand the economic impacts of child marriage globally. Among the key linkages around which we are estimating impacts are those between girls’ education, early marriage, and use of family planning. Early findings from the first phase of this study will be available publicly in the fall of 2015.