Investing in family planning to accelerate progress toward the SDGs

The Ouagadougou Partnership aspires to reposition family planning across nine Francophone West African countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Starting in 2016, the partnership committed to reach an additional 2.2 million women and girls with modern methods of contraception by 2020. With just one year left to realize the regional goal, and only a few more to achieve objectives outlined in national family planning costed implementation plans, more domestic resources must be allocated and spent on these programs. Doing so would help satisfy women’s and men’s need for modern methods of contraception and accelerate progress toward achieving health, economic, and other development gains, which are reflected in the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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