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Côte d’Ivoire Family Planning Budget Scorecard


Côte d'Ivoire's Family Planning Budget Commitments

To support the achievement of its FP2020 commitments, the government of Côte d’Ivoire in 2017 pledged to increase the financial resources allocated to the purchase of contraceptive products by 10% each year until 2020. The country’s Ouagadougou Partnership financial commitment is the same.

According to the budget tracking data collected by PAI’s partners in Côte d’Ivoire — Initiative pour la Justice Sociale la Transparence et la Bonne Gouvernance en Côte d’Ivoire (SOCIAL JUSTICE) and Mission des jeunes pour l’Education la Santé la Solidarité et l’Inclusion (MESSI) — there was no government allocation for contraceptives products in fiscal year (FY) 2017, then the government allocated 500 million West African CFA francs in FY 2018. However, instead of increasing by 10% in the next fiscal year, the allocation decreased to 400 million West African CFA francs in FY 2019 and remained the same in FY 2020.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on donor resources for family planning (FP) and the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office aid cuts, domestic resource mobilization for FP has become more important than ever. Côte d’Ivoire recently approved its FP2030 commitments, including a financial commitment to allocate 2.5 billion FCFA in the annual budget for contraceptive commodities by 2025. In addition, a new National Budgeted Action Plan for Family Planning 2021-2025 (PANBPF) was released by the MoHPH in December 2021, which provides details on the government’s plans for increasing and spending domestic resources on FP supplies and services.

In addition to the new PANBPF, Côte d’Ivoire’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2020-22 includes two commitments on the transparency of FP budget data, thanks to SOCIAL JUSTICE’s involvement in developing the plan. These two commitments (numbers 8 and 9) are taken directly from their advocacy objectives for PAI’s Government Accountability for Family Planning Budgets project. Commitment 8 requires the MoHPH to create a specific budget line for FP commodities called “Purchase of Contraceptive Products,” and Commitment 9 requires the MoHPH to publish budget data (allocations and expenditure) on the procurement of contraceptive products on its website.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Performance on the FY 2020 FP Budget Scorecard

Developed by SOCIAL JUSTICE and MESSI, in collaboration with PAI, this scorecard is an advocacy tool highlighting the findings of the organizations’ FP budget tracking using the Common Framework, a set of indicators used for monitoring government spending on FP. In addition to data on indicators, the scorecard evaluates the transparency of FP budget data. The scorecard is a product of PAI’s Government Accountability for Family Planning Budgets initiative.

The government of Côte d’Ivoire is commended for allocating funds to both FP programs and contraceptives, as many governments do not fund programs and rely fully on donors to do so, and for maintaining the allocation to contraceptive products. The government is also commended for publishing the national budget (Loi de finances) online.

Recommendations to strengthen government ownership of Côte d’Ivoire’s FP and to improve the transparency of FP budget data include:

  • The MoHPH to maintain the increase in the government allocation for the purchase of contraceptive products by 10% each year in line with the Ouagadougou Partnership commitment.
  • The National Maternal and Child Health Program to publish the budget allocated to FP and the purchase of contraceptive products on its website.
  • The MoHPH to implement Commitment 8 of the OGP National Action Plan, which aims to create a specific budget line for FP commodities called “Purchase of Contraceptive Products.”
  • The MoHPH to publish the information contained in the FP budget information repository on its website.

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