CIP Resource Kit: How to Advocate for Family Planning Policies and Commodities
Advocacy plays an important role in shaping decisions and outcomes throughout the Costed Implementation Plan process.
During the pre-planning phase, advocacy can build momentum for CIP creation, engage stakeholders, and promote broad representation. During the development phase, advocacy can influence the selection of goals and activities and maintain an emphasis on rights and empowerment. And after the CIP is completed, advocacy can ensure that the CIP's objectives remain a priority and resources are mobilized for execution.
K4Health: Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit
Family planning advocacy is a vibrant field with a rich array of available resources. Many of these resources have been collected in the K4Health Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit.
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative has developed an Advocacy Portfolio to outline its unique approach to FP advocacy. The AFP Advocacy portfolio has been adapted from a broad spectrum of well-established decision-making concepts, tools, and best practices, and honed through practical application in resource-limited settings. The AFP approach connects a series of near-term “quick wins” with broad, long-term goals. The portfolio provides specific tools, including the AFP SMART technique to develop an advocacy strategy, landscape assessments, and briefs to implement a strategic advocacy plan, and the AFP Results Cascade to document the advocacy process and capture results.
In addition, the Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns Advocacy Toolkit provides advocacy resources specific to the 13 priority commodities of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities. These include three reproductive health commodities: emergency contraception, contraceptive implants, and female condoms.