FP2020 is a global movement that supports the rights of women and girls to decide—freely and for themselves—whether, when, and how many children to have. Launched at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, FP2020 aims to enable 120 million additional women and girls in the world’s lowest income countries to use voluntary modern contraception. To date, more than 125 partners—including focus country governments, donor governments, foundations, civil society organizations, multilateral institutions, and private sector partners—have joined FP2020 with formal commitments to support, expand, and fund rights-based family planning.
Is it working? Is FP2020 having an impact? Are countries expanding and improving their family planning programs and reaching their goals? Are commitment-makers fulfilling their commitments? And how do we know?
Like Every Woman Every Child, with which it is aligned, FP2020 is an aspirational movement. The partnership is entirely voluntary. Governments and institutions make formal commitments, but there are no legal or financial mechanisms to enforce compliance. Ultimately, partners themselves are accountable for the promises they make and the actions they take.
Nevertheless, the FP2020 platform provides an accountability framework for tracking and promoting progress, both globally and for each individual commitment maker. The FP2020 movement functions as a community of practice, built on a network of relationships, shared assumptions, and common goals. The expectation of accountability is embedded in almost every aspect of the platform, from the data monitoring and donor funding reports to the intensive country support structure, civil society and youth engagement, research agendas, and global convenings that command world attention. These elements knit together to form a matrix—strong in some areas, weaker in others—that support and encourage each commitment maker to follow through on what has been pledged.
The FP2020 approach to accountability is cooperative rather than confrontational. In the FP2020 view, accountability mechanisms are most effective when they’re understood as a joint collaborative endeavor. We focus on cultivating productive relationships across sectors and institutions so that partners and stakeholders can work together to achieve their goals. The underlying foundation for this approach is mutual trust—nurtured over time—and a shared respect for human rights, high-quality data, research, and evidence.