A delegation of 16 Members of Parliament from African and European countries participated in the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Ouagadougou Partnership in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This year’s annual meeting focused on the needs of young people under the moto: “promoting contraception equals ensuring a better future for young people.”
In organising the delegation, EPF teamed up with the African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA) and the UNFPA country office in Ivory Coast.
Over four days the delegation was active in a number of areas, including panel interventions on mobilising resources and creating an enabling environment for family planning and briefings with UNFPA, the Ivory Coast Ministry of Education and youth representatives. The delegation also visited UNFPA projects in Abidjan and rural areas. These projects are focused on involving men in the community and informing them of the benefits of family planning, community-based distribution of contraceptives, social franchising schemes and school-based teenage pregnancy prevention programs.