What FP2030 Managing Directors Hope to Achieve in 2024
January 31, 2024
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In 2024, a primary focus for the Asia and Pacific hub is to fortify our credibility with commitment makers and stakeholders in the region. We are committed to fostering continuous engagement, actively addressing technical support needs, and being responsive to the evolving landscape. By consistently demonstrating our dedication, we aim to solidify our position as a trusted and reliable partner in advancing family planning initiatives.
We also recognize the importance of leading conversations that go beyond conventional boundaries in the field. By championing innovation and new best practices, we aim to shape the narrative around family planning, contributing to the broader discourse on health, equity, and human development in the Asia Pacific region.
Lastly, we want to double-down on a rights-based agenda. Including in low fertility settings, the recognition of rights and choice in family planning is still paramount. Our objective is to work collaboratively with governments to emphasize the critical role these aspects play in achieving equity, gender equality, and holistic social and human development. By advocating for informed and empowered choices, we contribute to the creation of policies that resonate with the diverse needs of our communities.
2023 presented us with exciting moments at the FP2030 ESA Hub. We had the privilege of being the first FP2030 Regional Hub to be activated following the decision to decentralize the previous FP2020 structure into five regional hubs.
In 2024, we hope to see progress on all the effort that countries are putting into building systems to ensure easy access to information and services for family planning. With your help we plan to establish a new data review process with commitment making countries as part of our joint accountability efforts.
Youth leadership in advocacy is a priority in 2024, so we are going to increase opportunities for youth focal points to contribute to regional and global conferences. We're also looking forward to the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Emergency Preparedness and Response at our hub. We anticipate greater engagement with countries on the integration of SRH in preparedness and response policies and strategies.
Recognizing that sustainable financing is critical for family planning, in 2024 our engagement with countries will prioritize domestic resource mobilization, which is reflected in all the FP2030 country commitments.
Lastly, ICPD30 is upon us and we look forward to learning what the continent has achieved collectively over the past years.
Last year, I was pleased to see countries in the LAC region lay out a powerful road map to reduce inequality and fight poverty at the special session “10 years of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development.” LAC countries focused their attention on all national programs supporting the prevention of early pregnancies as well of all sorts of violence against adolescents and girls. Now, in 2024 we are poised for action. All countries of Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Montevideo Consensus, so we are a powerful collective.
Adolescents and youth will inform the advocacy agenda for our hub, and we look forward to supporting the first country commitments in the region this year. We hope to make family planning more visible again in all LAC countries, particularly through several high-level events this year. We particularly want to focus on the rights of adolescents, youth, and populations affected by violence, natural disasters, and climate change. These are the voices we want to elevate in our movement, and we hope to work with countries to ensure the needs of these populations are prioritized and protected.
With all the Regional Hubs now in place, in 2024, the NAE Hub is designing our technical and program services and partnership to provide critical support and capacity building for priority areas identified by the regional hubs and advance new innovations to address emerging trends. For example, the Advocacy and Partnership team are working closely with the regional hubs to establish country inter-ministerial presidential task forces on family planning in select countries. We’re also excited that FP2030 has been asked to lead and facilitate the High Impact Practices on Family Planning (HIPS) Secretariat and Partnership that aims to make evidence for family planning more available and easier to use to accelerate scale up.
We also look forward to continuing our global leadership on data and measurement with the release of the newest Measurement Report slated for this Spring. This year will be a critical one for the data and measurement field, as we continue key discussions and advance measurement of the most critical but most nuanced signs of impact: like empowerment, choice, and rights.
FP2030 is also pleased to announce the FP2030 Partnership Fund: a new funding mechanism to help small organizations, nontraditional partners, and other grantees that might not be served by traditional funding mechanisms, thrive. This fund is designed to provide catalytic subgrants to local organizations through thematic competitive challenges. The first challenge is now live on the FP2030 website, and it’s open to applicants from nine countries. We look forward to seeing what progress this fund can unlock!
The North, West, and Central Africa hub plans to support countries in developing their commitments and ensuring they are operationalized and able to be held accountable. Several countries, like Chad, are in the process of finishing their commitments, and we look forward to working with them on finalization. We’re also furthering discussions with Cape Verde, Gambia, Congo, and a formidable entry into the Middle East and North Africa region beginning with Egypt. In addition to countries, our hub will focus on developing partnerships with regional bodies such as West African Health Organization (WAHO), UNFPA West and Central Africa regional office, etc.
We’re excited to further work with the private sector, and this year we’ll be forming a plan for more collaboration and innovation within this partnership. We’re hoping to better integrate High Impact Practices (Such as PPFP, and PAFP) into primary health care services with regional and national stakeholders. Lastly, as several countries in the region continue to battle with crises, the NWCA hub will concentrate on the integration of family planning in humanitarian interventions ensuring that women and girls have proper medical care when it comes to family planning needs.