Coordination, Experience Exchange and Learning Fund
Since February 2011 in Ouagadougou, the nine Francophone West African countries have recognized the urgency to act in favor of Family Planning (FP). Therefore, they have adopted ambitious and Costed Implementation Plans to enable them to reach the goal of one million additional women using modern contraceptive methods and to implement the other commitments made in Ouagadougou. In 2015 this target was exceeded, reaching 1,033,000 women.
During this period, the OPCU administered the FA2E, fund to financed OP 09 countries organizations activities. These activities were aimed at accelerating the implementation of national FP action plans; stimulating or supporting the implementation of innovative actions and high-impact interventions; strengthening learning among OP countries; and stimulating mutual support among countries. However, the use of the funds for the stated purposes was not up to expectations. The main problem seems to have been the lack of knowledge of best practices by in-country actors and the lack of time for officials in the Ministries of Health of the respective countries to develop action plans. This strategy will be continued during this grant cycle as the COORDINATION, EXPERIENCES EXCHANGE and LEARNING FUND (CELF) with some improvements. This work will require: (i) a better understanding of why countries are not using this fund, (ii) the dissemination of best practices compiled by WAHO, and then (iii) the support of experts from African institutions with whom OPCU will work to help countries develop and implement their plans.
The activities that this fund would finance will have to be those for which countries clearly demonstrate a strategic importance to accelerate the implementation of their action plan in a very limited time frame. These activities should also be activities that are not supported by any other source of funding.
Key principles of the CELF
The purpose of the CELF is to support all activities that aim to :
- accelerate the implementation of national FP action plans;
- facilitate timely and necessary data collection and analysis
- stimulate or support the implementation of innovative actions and high impact interventions;
- strengthen learning among OP countries.
Impulse mutual support between countries
Activities that can be funded by CELF:
- Participation in annual reviews of FP action plans (i.e., participation of country X in annual reviews of country Y’s FP action plan as peer reviewers…) ;
- Annual reviews and monitoring of the implementation of FP action plans (here we would support the organization of annual reviews and activities such as coordination meetings of the technical bodies or committees for the implementation of FP action plans in the countries);
- Exchange and learning trips, and mentoring (upon request) for the replication of an approach deemed interesting for a country;
- Exchanges between religious leaders, youth ambassadors, and civil society coalitions;
- Advocacy activities by youth ambassadors;
- Replication of best practices with WAHO
- Participation in regional and international conferences and forums on best practices, etc.
Activities that are not funded by CELF:
- Behavior change activities at the community or service provider level;
- Advocacy activities aimed at increase demand for services;
- Advocacy activities conducted at the local level for policy implementation;
- Activities already funded by other partners;
- Implementation of a specific activity in the action plan.
In order to allow multiple stakeholders to access the OP learning and exchange opportunities, the maximum requested funding amount cannot exceed $10,000.
Applications for funding, which can demonstrate an in-kind or cash contribution, are strongly encouraged.