SPOTLIGHTTHE ASIA REGIONAL FOCAL POINT WORKSHOP IN MANILA
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FP2020’s second Asia Regional Focal Point Workshop was held in Manila on May 8–10, 2017. The workshop was attended by delegates from 11 countries—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Vietnam—along with representatives from UNFPA, USAID, DFID, BMGF, the World Health Organization, and a range of other technical partners.
The chief objective was for each country team to develop an action plan: a working agenda to drive progress on the country’s family planning goals. Action plans are aligned with a country’s FP2020 commitment and family planning CIP, and are designed to identify the key priorities to be addressed in the next 18 months. Each of the 11 country teams emerged from the workshop with a fully drafted action plan, which they took back to their governments, stakeholders, and partners for validation and finalization.
Implementing a rights-based approach to family planning was the central focus throughout the workshop. The first day set the tone, with a human rights expert walking the group through what rights-based family planning means and what it looks like programmatically. The emphasis was on the concrete: how do we use rights as a lens to develop programs? What are the outcomes we’re looking for?
Subsequent sessions continued the theme of real-world, hands-on application:understanding data and using it effectively to guide programming and investments;implementing evidence-based high-impact practices; designing programs that meet the needs of young people; and mobilizing resources for family planning, including domestic government investment, private sector channels, and the Global Financing Facility.
FP2020 focal point workshops are always a venue for South-South exchange, and this workshop was no exception. Presentations by country teams included:
- Afghanistan on the process of implementing its country action plan
- Bangladesh on effective data utilization, reaching married adolescents, and its experience with the Global Financing Facility
- India on securing state budget allocations for family planning
- Indonesia on mobilizing private sector resources
- Lao PDR on the experience of developing a costed implementation plan
- Myanmar on its Global Financing Facility investment case
- Nepal and the Solomon Islands on in-country coordination
- Pakistan on improving supply chain and delivery systems
- Philippines on reproductive rights and commodity sourcing
- Vietnam on market segmentation and its survey of adolescent and young adult sexual health
This was the first FP2020 workshop to include civil society focal points in each country delegation, alongside focal points representing the government and donor agencies. The workshop also solidified an emerging practice of following each FP2020 regional, technical, or Reference Group meeting with a day-long forum for local CSOs, dedicated entirely to in-depth learning and planning around in-country advocacy (see box).
The workshop was followed by a one-day Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum, attended by an estimated 90 representatives from Philippine civil society. The CSO Forum was co-hosted by FP2020 and the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network, a consortium of civil society organizations championing the reproductive health and rights of the Filipino people.
The purpose of the forum was to develop a coordinated CSO plan of action to tackle obstacles to the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, which continues to be stymied by a temporary restraining order imposed by the Supreme Court. Topics on the agenda included:
- The state of the family planning program, including legal issues, financing, and operational context
- The current government’s direction and strategies
- CSO engagement in family planning as providers, community mobilizers, and advocates
- How FP2020 works and how the platform can be leveraged by government and CSOs
The day also featured a series of technical discussions on high impact practices, using data for advocacy, rights-based family planning, and how to interact with country focal points.