Section three

Focused
On:

Effective
Solutions

The future we want—where women and girls around the world have full access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care—is only possible if we support sustainable solutions that are led and driven by our partners.

Our partnership model and focus on advocacy create the infrastructure needed for systemic change. We achieve this by simultaneously strengthening the capacity of our partners to be advocates and promoting policies and funding solutions that make the delivery of comprehensive sexual reproductive health care possible. We focus on long-term, evidence-based solutions. By doing so, developing countries become less reliant on foreign aid and can withstand external policy shocks, such as the imposition of the Global Gag Rule.

Local Partners Take the Lead

We believe that our partners around the world must lead the way to create the future we all want. They know the needs of their communities and understand what it takes to advance change in their local contexts.

Our partnerships are a critical element of PAI’s theory of change to achieve the policy and funding wins that can make a meaningful, lasting difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.

PAI is committed to
    advocating for funding and policies that support increased access to family
    planning and reproductive healthcare

In 2017, we partnered with 63 local organizations around the world, providing $2.8 million to support their advocacy efforts. But our partnerships are about more than money. We work with local organizations and advocates to develop country-specific strategies and offer research and analysis to support those strategies. We help them understand how the policies of external donors affect their countries, provide communications and media training, bring advocates’ experiences to a global stage and more.

Our partnerships are about more than money. We work with local organizations and advocates to develop country-specific strategies and offer research and analysis to support those strategies.

In turn, we take what we learn from our partners and incorporate those lessons into our own work. In supporting our partners, we also provide opportunities for organizational leaders to enhance and expand their skills. Last year, we worked with 47 individual advocates from 11 countries to develop the skills needed to facilitate advocacy strategy sessions in their own countries. These leaders go on to train organizations in their networks. Stronger individual advocates lead to stronger organizations working in effective, strategic ways to advance our collective mission of ensuring that all women and girls have access to the sexual and reproductive health care and rights they deserve.

The Sustainable Impact of Advocacy

Ensuring access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for women and girls around the world depends on many factors, such as having established health clinics staffed by knowledgeable health workers and stocked with reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives. It takes a foundation of strong policies and sufficient funding to make sure these and other necessary pieces are in place. This foundation is built through advocacy.

PAI’s advocacy in the U.S. and our partners’ advocacy in their countries create the policy and funding frameworks to make sexual and reproductive health care delivery possible.

By collaborating with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, PAI advocates for sufficient funding for countries in the Global South to meet their most basic development and health needs. Needs like more clinics and trained health care workers and consistent supplies of a full-range of contraception and other sexual and reproductive health care supplies.

PAI’s advocacy in the U.S. and our partners’ advocacy in their countries create the policy and funding frameworks to make sexual and reproductive health care delivery possible.

We help our partners engage policymakers in their countries to take ownership of those needs by creating and advancing policies that promote universal access to sexual and reproductive health care and rights. This helps lay the groundwork for advocates and policymakers to request funding for such care.

Once countries provide dedicated funding, our partners work to ensure that the funding is spent effectively. They also demonstrate how the increased funding has affected the lives of women and girls, and justify requests for additional funding. Over the long term, our collective goal is for countries to become more self-sufficient financially and resilient to external policies like the Global Gag Rule.

As a result of their advocacy efforts over the last year, our partners leveraged an additional $1.4 million for sexual and reproductive health services and supplies.

Once spent, that funding leads to increased availability of health services in countries like Kenya, Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire, demonstrating the sustainable impact of advocacy.

We also push for strong primary health care systems that include high quality sexual and reproductive health services by encouraging policies that support communities’ overall health and resilience.

Building our future

Last year, PAI grantee ENAI-Africa had a milestone achievement when the Kajiado county government endorsed a multiyear programmatic and funding roadmap for family planning.

This led to the first-ever family planning budget line of 2 million Kenyan shillings. Because of continued advocacy by ENAI-Africa throughout the year, this initial allocation is on track to increase five-fold to 10 million Kenyan shillings in 2018.

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