IBP was initiated in 1999 and formalized as a Consortium through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2003. IBP is a vibrant partnership that has grown from 12 original members to a membership of 41 international organizations in 2013.
This section provides an overview of the growth and development of the IBP partnership, our strategy, and program of work from 1999 to present.
In 1999, the partnership started with WHO, Department of Reproductive Health (WHO/RHR) and the then Department of Organization and Health Systems (WHO/OSD). Through surveys, literature reviews and consultations with international partners, the partnership sought to answer the question, “Is there a gap between the knowledge we generate and how it is received, used and applied in practice?".
In early 2000, ten international agencies met with WHO/RHR and analysed the literature review and the lessons learned through country experience. Together they developed the first IBP strategy to support the effective dissemination, adaptation and utilization of technical tools and guidelines. This became known as the DAU Process - Disseminate, Adapt, and Utilize.
In 2010 the IBP Partners celebrated a decade of activities. We produced a short report that summarizes our first 10 years. As partners we have always been committed to work collaboratively at the global and country levels to reduce duplication of effort and harmonize approaches, to share and exchange knowledge globally and to foster the management of change to scale up locally effective practices.
Our goal is to harness the power of partnership to improve reproductive health. As a partnership we feel that, although we may have many achievements, there is much work to be done to achieve universal access to reproductive health.