IPPF EN and IPPF WHR embark together in a 5-year project for Civil Society Participation

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Last September, an advocacy project developed by the IPPF Western Hemisphere Region (WHR) and IPPF European Network (EN) was signed with the UK Oversees Development Agency, DFID, under its "Governance and Transparency Fund" (total grant: £5 million). The project, entitled "Joining Forces for Voice and Accountability" is a 5-year advocacy initiative that will be implemented in 13 countries in Latin America and Central Asia/Eastern Europe . The project aims to increase the accountability of governments to their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) commitments, including the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

A coordination meeting between the IPPF WHR and EN took place in Brussels on October 9-12, gathering the main staff from the Regional Office’s programme, finance and evaluation teams. It provided a valuable opportunity for the two teams to explore in depth the national context of each of the countries involved in the project and to review the main mechanisms of the project management and communication. A detailed work plan was developed and agreed upon, including key deadlines, and the roles and responsibilities of each partner.

A project inception meeting with the 7 IPPF EN Member Associations (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan) involved in the project was organised subsequently in Brussels on October 28.

This inception workshop was followed by a 3-day advocacy capacity building workshop joined by 5 additional Member Associations (Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia and Romania), involved in another IPPF EN Regional Initiative on Advocacy Capacity Building. The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the participants’ skills and knowledge in advocating. Sessions covered coalition building, advocacy evaluation and working with Parliamentarians. The European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) led the afternoon session on parliamentary advocacy.

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