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Expanding contraceptive choice in West Africa: Building the capacity of local nongovernmental organizations to program holistically.
New York, New York, EngenderHealth, RESPOND Project, 2013 Jun.  p. (Project Brief No. 15)This project brief looks at how nongovernmental organizations can expand access to contraception in West Africa and specifically looks at member associations of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Notes from the Field. 2001 Sep; (9): p..Representatives from the Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia Colombiana (PROFAMILIA) in Colombia visited the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) in the second half of a technical assistance exchange project. FGAE is expanding its institutional focus from family planning to sexual and reproductive health with a special emphasis on young people. Representatives from the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) and the IPPF Africa Regional Office visited PROFAMILIA/Colombia in March 2001 to see PROFAMILIA's youth programs and services first-hand. The exchange was the first half of a technical assistance project that is funded by the IPPF "i3" Youth Program (Innovate, Indicate, Inform). IPPF/WHR had identified PROFAMILIA as a "best practices" FPA which could offer its expertise in developing youth programs to the FPA in Ethiopia. Zhenja, the IPPF/WHR Communications Manager, was there to facilitate the visit and identify needs for technical assistance. (excerpt)
China: Helping the People's Republic of China introduce a gender perspective in its 'reoriented' family planning program.
Notes from the Field. 2001 Aug; (8): p..International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region staff traveled to China to provide technical assistance to the Ford Foundation project "Gender Perspective in Quality of Care in Family Planning." They reviewed some basic concepts of gender and quality, and then examined the six instruments in the manual that is being adapted for China. In July 2001, Judith H., director of IPPF/WHR's Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit, visited with members of the China Population Information and Research Center and the All-China Women's Federation in Beijing to provide technical assistance to the Ford Foundation-supported project, "Gender Perspective in Quality of Care in Family Planning." (excerpt)
Notes from the Field. 2001 Jul; (6): p..International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region staff visited Belize in June 2001 to work with the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) on sustainability and management aspects of its strategic plan for sexual and reproductive health care. The slogan they developed was Efficient Services with a Human Face." IPPF/WHR Senior Program Advisors Lucella and Humberto were in Belize in June 2001 to work with IPPF/WHR's affiliate there, the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), on the sustainability and management aspects of its strategic plan. BFLA recently received a grant from the Summit Foundation to construct a new headquarters that will allow for expanded services. (excerpt)
Guatemala: Orienting affiliates on the design and implementation of a state-of-the-art management system.
Notes from the Field. 2001 Jun; (5): p..A three-person team from International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region conducted a training workshop in Guatemala for several affiliates on the design and implementation of the Integrated Management System and also received feedback on the system. A three-person team from IPPF/WHR recently conducted a training workshop in Antigua, Guatemala for several IPPF/WHR affiliates on the design and implementation of the highly anticipated Integrated Management System (IMS). The workshop was an opportunity both to orient the participants to the new system as well as to get their feedback on the IMS and the extent to which it meets their needs. WHR team members included Leslie, Director of MIS, María Cristina, Regional Supplies Officer, and Rupal, Evaluation Officer. (excerpt)
Notes from the Field. 2001 May; (4): p..A team from International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region traveled to Trinidad to conduct a Proposal Writing Workshop for ten affiliates who have programs on HIV prevention and youth. Then they went to Guyana to provide technical assistance and training for a sustainability model. Lucella, IPPF/WHR's Senior Program Advisor for the Caribbean, was recently in Trinidad as a member of a team conducting a Proposal Writing Workshop for ten IPPF/WHR affiliates. The following week she traveled to Guyana with another team from WHR, one that provided training in the use of the S2000ä Financial Model, a cash flow forecasting tool developed by the EFS (Endowment Fund for Sustainability). (excerpt)
Notes from the Field. 2001 Apr; (3): p..Representatives from the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Africa Regional Office visited the Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia Colombiana (PROFAMILIA) in March 2001 to see PROFAMILIA's youth programs and services. The exchange was the first half of a technical assistance project; PROFAMILIA was identified as a "best practices" organization that could offer its expertise to FGAE. Representatives from PROFAMILIA/Colombia visited the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) in August 2001 for the second half of a technical assistance exchange project. The project, which in March 2001 allowed for FGAE representatives to visit Colombia, is funded by the IPPF "i3" Youth Program (Innovate, Indicate, Inform). FGAE is expanding its institutional focus from family planning to sexual and reproductive health with a special emphasis on young people. PROFAMILIA was identified as a "best practices" organization to provide technical assistance on youth programs. (excerpt)
Notes from the Field. 2001 Apr; (2): p..A four-person team from International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region visited Haiti to provide technical assistance, focusing on project management and reporting, logistics and budgeting. A four-person team from IPPF/WHR was in Haiti on March 4th - 9th to work with two of the country's largest family planning organizations, PROFAMIL and FOSREF. Team members included Eva, a Program Advisor and resource development specialist; Rebecca, an Evaluation Officer; María Cristina, the Regional Supplies Officer; and Marcos, a Financial Advisor. IPPF/WHR monitors PROFAMIL's IPPF Vision 2000 Project to improve quality of care and increase access to SRH services. On this technical assistance visit, the IPPF/WHR team focused on project management and reporting, logistics, and budgeting. (excerpt)
New York, New York, International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF], Western Hemisphere Region [WHR], 2002 May 15.  p.On April 3, 2002, Steven Sinding, director-general designate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, delivered a speech to the Commission on Population and Development in New York. The speech summarizes priorities for evaluating progress made in the implementation of the Program of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Developement in Cairo in 1994. I am making this statement today as director-general designate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world's leading voluntary family planning organization. IPPF and its member associations are committed to promoting the right of women and men to decide freely the number, timing, and spacing of their children and the right to the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health. Founded in 1952, it is a federation linking autonomous national Family Planning Associations working in more than 180 countries around the world, initiating, promoting and providing sexual and reproductive health and rights-based services. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, IPPF is proud to have an opportunity to address this meeting of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). (excerpt)
Notes from the Field. 2002 Jul; (14): p..Alejandra, senior program officer, and Rebecca, evaluation officer, traveled to Ecuador in June 2002 to monitor the implementation of two adolescent projects funded by the Hewlett and Turner foundations. We spent the first two days of our trip in Guayaquil, where IPPF/WHR's affiliate, APROFE, has its main offices and clinics. This organization has begun providing services tailored to the needs of youth for the first time. Their idea was to build a separate space for youth with funds from the Hewlett Foundation to allow the clients to have access to health care providers who are specially trained to meet their needs as young people. It will also provide them with greater privacy. Unfortunately, there have been some construction delays for the new youth center. APROFE is therefore providing youth services in a section of the main clinic's office which has been refurbished as a youth clinic. I was struck by how friendly and colorful the office looked. There were lots of posters and signs painted by the youth. We also saw the blueprints for the youth center, which APROFE hopes to have completed by December. (excerpt)
Notes from the Field. 2002 Feb; (13): p..Several NGOs and government agencies, including IPPF/WHR's affiliate PROFAMIL, are working hard to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women, men, and youth in Haiti. Recently, IPPF/WHR has sought to support these efforts by strengthening the capacity of PROFAMIL and other agencies to develop and implement results-oriented projects that can become sustainable. A four-person team from IPPF/WHR traveled to Haiti in January 2002 to conduct a project design and proposal writing workshop with representatives from several local NGOs, including PROFAMIL, FOSREF, VDH, UNFPA, and the ministries of Health and Education. Participants came armed with statistics and other information on a specific problem that their organization would like to address, as well as intervention ideas. First, participants developed conceptual models for their project ideas; then they wrote actual proposals to seek funding. Participants used tools, such as a conceptual model and a logical framework, to assist them in the project design and proposal-writing process, with a particular emphasis on integrating monitoring and evaluation plans into their proposed interventions. (excerpt)
The USAID population program in Ecuador: a graduation report. [El Programa de USAID para la población de Ecuador aprueba su examen final. Informe]
Washington, D.C., LTG Associates, Population Technical Assistance Project [POPTECH], 2001 Oct.  p. (POPTECH Publication No. 2001–031–006; USAID Contract No. HRN–C–00–00–00007–00)For nearly 30 years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided assistance for population, family planning, and reproductive health programs in Ecuador. Throughout the early years, USAID worked with both private and public sector institutions to establish a broad base for national awareness of and support for family planning and for the introduction of contraceptive services. USAID led all other donors in this sector in terms of financial, technical, and contraceptive commodity assistance. Upon reflection of the accomplishments of the USAID population program during these years and considering its most recent Strategic Objective of “increased use of sustainable family planning and maternal child health services,” it is apparent that the Agency was successful in this endeavor and has adequately provided for the graduation of its local partners, particularly those in the private sector, where USAID had directed the major focus of its assistance over the past decade. During the last and final phase of assistance, 1992–2001, the USAID strategy focused primarily on assuring the financial and institutional sustainability of the two largest local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provide family planning services. USAID/Ecuador worked in partnership with the Asociación Pro-bienestar de la Familia Ecuatoriana (APROFE), which is the Ecuadorian affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the Centro Médico de Orientación y Planificación Familiar (CEMOPLAF)—institutions that provide contraceptive and other reproductive health services. At the same time, in order to assure that the necessary tools were in place for future program monitoring, planning, and evaluation, USAID assistance was provided to the Centro de Estudios de Población y Desarrollo Social (CEPAR). (excerpt)
Population Research and Policy Review. 2004 Feb; 23(1):25-54.Using population assistance data, this study divides donor trends for population assistance into five distinct epochs: until the mid-1960s, the population hysteria of the 1960s and 1970s, Bucharest Conference and beyond, the 1984 Mexico City conference, and the 1990s. A number of decisive events, as well as changing views of the population problem, characterise each period and have affected the sums of population assistance from donor nations. Taking a long-term view of global population assistance, the research shows that four factors account for most of the historical funding trends from primary donors: the association between population assistance and foreign aid, the role of alarmists and doomsayers in the public debate over population issues, individuals in a position of power within donor governments, and decennial international population conferences. (author's)
New York, New York, IPPF, WHR, 2002 Dec. 40 p. (Recommendations from the Field 01)Young people throughout the Americas encounter many of the same sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges, and the issues faced on both sides of the South/North divide mirror one another more and more as migration and globalization intensify. Despite the similarities in issues faced by youth throughout the region, there are large gaps in communication and exchange of information between organizations working in SRH in the United States (U.S.) and those in the Southern world and as a result, organizations were missing the opportunity to learn from each other. Capitalizing on its extensive network of affiliates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) created the South-North Partnership initiative to create a mechanism for organization with youth programs to share experiences and gain new insights from the work of their partner organizations. While partnerships have begun to be recognized as a strategy for addressing similar needs and sharing resources, little information is available on how to initiate partnership work. Based on IPPF/WHR’s experiences in facilitating the South-North Partnership Program, this report focuses on key issues to consider for launching partnerships and offers strategic recommendations for organizations that are involved in them. In the experience of IPPF/WHR, no formula exists for making a partnership successful as differing ingredients shape unique challenges and opportunities. Nonetheless, several key issues emerge whenever organizations consider planning and implementing partnership programs. This report covers the following key issues for partnership programs: the potential benefits of partnerships; key elements for making partnerships work; organization factors to consider when pairing partners; phases of successful partnerships; participation of young people in partnerships aimed at addressing their needs; challenges in evaluating partnerships; and the role of a coordinating agency in a partnership program. The report concludes with a series of strategic recommendations for crossing borders into more successful partnerships.
[The role and responsibility of volunteers in context of APFs] Papel e responsabilidade dos voluntarios no contexto das APFs.
Sexualidade e Planeamento Familiar. 2001 Jan-Jun; (29-30):37-9.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is considered the primary organization in the world in the area of sexual and reproductive health, however, potential donors have viewed it as too rigid. The IPPF organized a task force to confront this charge and come up with recommendations for improvement. Their proposal was that IPPF should be comprised of a diverse collection of volunteers in terms of age, sex, socioeconomic origin, occupation, performance, race, creed as well as linguistic and geographical representation in such a way that this can represent the communities in which they function.
In: Eye to eye, [compiled by] International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]. London, England, IPPF, 2001. 30-1.This paper is part of an International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) publication called “Eye to Eye,” which is about involving youth in reproductive and sexual health programs. It notes that by working in partnerships with other organizations and private groups, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) significantly increases its impact. This chapter illustrates several examples of successful programs that have worked because of partnerships developed at global, regional and country levels. Examples from Malaysia, Zambia, Ghana, and the Dominican Republic are included.
Choices. 2001 Autumn; 9-11.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Field Office was opened in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1996 to assist nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that are new or pending members of the IPPF European Network. This document summarizes the advocacy, capacity-building and media work of that office.
United Kingdom. BBC's Sexwise provides critical sexual health information worldwide. [Royaume-Uni. L'émission " Sexwise " de la BBC fournit des informations critiques sur la santé sexuelle à un public mondial]
Making the Connection. 2002; 2(1):6-7.The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) are working together to speak to people in their own languages about sexual health and reproductive rights through a program called Sexwise. Sexwise consists of a Web site, book, and radio programs that have been translated into 22 languages by the BBC in collaboration with IPPF and national Family Planning Associations. The program, which has spanned the globe in three phases, aims to provide listeners, readers, and online users with accurate information about sexual health issues along with useful contacts about sexual and reproductive rights. Hence, this collaboration between BBC and IPPF shows how industry and nongovernmental organizations can successfully link their missions to promote public health and well-being.
YEARBOOK OF POPULATION RESEARCH IN FINLAND. 1998-1999; 35:82-94.This article profiles nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and describes their legal foundation, definition, and importance in addressing world population issues. In the 71st article of the Charter of the UN, it is stated that the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may negotiate with international and national organizations concerning issues in the Council's field of activity. The NGOs can be granted consultative status with ECOSOC if they can fulfill certain conditions. A substantial precondition is that they have special expertise and they represent a special group in several countries not based on an intergovernmental agreement. In the context of definition, an ECOSOC report states that NGOs are nonprofit, independent associations. Members are citizens or civic organizations from one or several countries and activities are determined by its membership to satisfy the needs of the members or those of one or more fields of activity. There are two nongovernmental organizations being recognized internationally. These are the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The significance of NGOs, particularly IUSSP and IPPF, on population issues, it is noted that NGOs have had an important role in every continent of the world, and special emphasis is placed on the leading role of IPPF and women's NGOs in the activities of the civil society.
JOICFP NEWS. 1999 Jan; (295):2.64 representatives of UNFPA, Pathfinder, and the Johns Hopkins University, together with high-level representatives of Ministries of Health and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from the Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru attended a conference on advocating sexuality education in school programs in the region. The conference, held October 22-26, 1998, was organized by JOICFP and the Mexican Foundation for Family Planning (MEXFAM) in collaboration with UNFPA and IPPF. Conference participants exchanged experiences upon sexuality education in school programs through group discussions and panel and country presentations. One goal of the conference was to strengthen the links between the various Ministries of Education and NGOs in the field of human sexuality. Recommendations for promoting adolescent reproductive health from Latin America and the Caribbean Region to ICPD+5 were made by 3 work groups and accepted by all participants as the outcome of the conference. Steps are currently being taken to develop and implement school curricula designed to raise the levels of awareness among youths of the important relationship between population and sustainable growth, as well as health issues and sexual equality.
JOICFP NEWS. 1999 Jan; (295):1.The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo and attended by 80 government delegations, opened the door to a new phase of cooperation between government organizations (GOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). A strong partner at Cairo, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) had its Vision 2000 Strategic Plan incorporated into the ICPD Program of Action. Participants at the ICPD+5 conference, to be held in the Hague in 1999, will review what has happened since the original ICPD in 1994. IPPF, the largest NGO in reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP), will be a voice for NGOs and participate in monitoring at ICPD+5. IPPF has encouraged countries to establish national focal points on RH/FP and is now working through a monthly newsletter to keep family planning associations (FPAs), women's unions, and youth groups informed. IPPF is also participating in roundtables with UNFPA and other organizations, as well as with the UN Population Division. The recent and ongoing shift away from core funding to project-specific funding has weakened the structure of existing FPAs. Strengthening the implementation of Vision 2000 is discussed. Japan has consistently been an active partner, supporting IPPF and FPAs in many countries.
IPPF AND CAIRO PLUS 5. 1998 Aug; (3):1.IPPF recognizes that NGOs have made a significant contribution to family planning, and reproductive and sexual health programs and that they have an advantage over governments in providing services which are innovative, flexible and responsive to people's real needs. In many countries NGOs are the voice of the people often speaking on behalf of those whose interests and needs would otherwise be unheard. As the world's largest voluntary organization in the field of sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, IPPF actively promotes and seeks collaboration with governments and private sector. This is reflected throughout IPPF's Strategic Plan, Vision 2000, which calls for active partnership with governments and NGOs to promote family planning and sexual and reproductive health. The Federation is determined to ensure that women's equality and right to family planning, sexual and reproductive health remain a priority in national and international development policies and advocates sound government policy to safeguard the individual's right to reproductive and sexual health. (full text)
JOICFP NEWS. 1998 Jun; (288):2.There are many reproductive health (RH) needs to be met in South Asia. However, while the countries who participated in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) broadened their approach to RH and agreed upon the need to take care of RH, they have failed to provide the funds which they have pledged for RH. The broad perspective of the ICPD program of action, covering health and other components such as information, unsafe abortion, sexual health, and the abuse of women, makes it difficult for family planning associations (FPAs) to secure the funds they need to continue operating. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are successfully achieving many things that governments could not. As such, governments should give NGOs enough time to become self-sustaining before cutting or withdrawing much needed funding. FPAs are currently trying to generate income through the sale of services and technical expertise. They are also tapping local businesses, philanthropists, and other local NGOs for support. Japan should be praised for maintaining its level of funding support.
FPAN NEWSLETTER. 1998 Mar-Apr; 18(2):1-2.Nepal's Minister of Health at the 21st Central Council Meeting of the Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN) noted that Nepal was experiencing major migration problems due to its open borders between China and India. Migration problems have been exacerbated by both refugees from Bhutan and the forced return migration of Nepalese-origin Indians from some Indian states. Internal migration from the hills to the teral region is also aggravating population-related problems in the country. FPAN needs to educate and provide family planning services to the rural poor population which is in need of services, yet can neither support nor educate itself. With family planning already effectively practiced among the educated and affluent, focus should be upon reaching the rural poor with the family planning program. The FPAN president urged the government of Nepal to integrate population into development programs and stressed that program success and sustainability depend upon the level of community involvement. The council meeting was held to review progress made in 1997, and to decide upon policies, programs, and directives for the future.
FORUM. 1997 Jul; 13(1):3-4.The UNFPA sees International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)/WHR affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as important allies in implementing the plans of action developed at the international conferences in Cairo and Beijing. Since the family planning associations (FPAs) in the region helped to prepare the two conferences, they have key roles in implementing the subsequent agreements, as well as following them up at the national level. The regional affiliates need to develop advocacy activities which enhance existing national follow-up activities, promoting their programs where they do not exist. UNFPA's funds in LAC support sexual and reproductive health, including family planning; population and development strategies; and advocacy. Of these, sexual and reproductive health receives more than 70% of the financial aid for the region. Within sexual and reproductive health, priority is given to projects which serve adolescent populations and women's sexual and reproductive health. Countries have been divided into 3 categories based upon 7 indicators which allow the measurement of the degree to which they have met the goals established in the International Conference on Population and Development's Plan of Action for the year 2015. The author discusses UNFPA's relationship with governments and nongovernmental organizations, and how the UNFPA and IPPF/WHR can work cooperatively.