Activities and Events

IBP's activities and events all contribute to catalyzing change and scaling up what works to improve reproductive health.

This section outlines some of our recent activities, our Fostering Change methodology, and provides an extensive look at our past activities, which focus on proven effective practices in family planning/reproductive health.  By proven effective practice, we mean practice as a process, procedure, tool or principle based on scientific evidence and/or programmatic experience that has improved the quality of health programs.

IBP primarily works through groups of partners working collaboratively in task teams. Read more about task teams here. 

Our activities, done in collaboration with all IBP partners accomplish more. Partners, in accordance with their comparative advantage, will select specific activities to work on that are reflected in their own organizational work plans that will work towards:

  • Addressing unmet need for family planning
  • Reducing maternal and neonatal mortality 
  • Improving the integration of STI/HIV prevention and care 
  • Promoting adolescent reproductive health
  • Supporting gender equity
  • Promoting high-impact practices

Some pages and documents outlining our activities are:

The East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community is pleased to Announce the 8th Best Practices Forum (BPF) and the 24th Directors’ Joint Consultative Committee (DJCC) Conference that will be held from 11th to 13 August 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania.

ECSA Health Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising of ten member states namely Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ECSA Health Community was established to foster regional cooperation in health and aims to promote the highest standards of health for individuals, families and communities through advocacy, capacity building, brokerage, coordination, inter-sectoral collaboration and harmonization of health policies and programs. The Secretariat, which is the implementing organ of ECSA, is based in Arusha, Tanzania.

The BPF and DJCC will bring together Senior Officials from the Ministries of Health including Health Experts, Health Researchers and Heads of Health Training Institutions from the Member States of ECSA Health Community, as well as diverse Collaborating Partners in the region and beyond. The aim will be to identify best practices and key policy issues, approaches and arising from the discussions from the theme and sub themes of the BPF discussions make recommendations to the Ministers of Health during their annual conference.

With new partners come new ideas and in 2006 the IBP partners reviewed and finalized our five-year IBP Strategy and Program of Work 2006-2011.

At the same time the partners restated our vision, goals and objectives and identified the contribution the partnership brings to international reproductive health agenda under the heading of "value added".

IBP Hosts Sessions at the International Conference on Family Planning, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

November 12-15, 2013

The 3rd International Conference on Family Planning officially closed on Friday, November 15, 2013. More than 3,300 delegates from 120 countries attended the conference, which ended with a Call to Action seeking to keep focus on family planning and sexual and reproductive health as part of the post-2015 development framework.

IBP sponsored a series of eight interactive sessions and 18 workshops focusing on Effective/High Impact Practices, Fostering Change for Scale-up and Partnerships. 

See the ICFP 2013 website, with links to session descriptions and abstracts of presentations.


IBP partners functioned as task teams and undertook a wide variety of activities to achieve the objectives of the IBP program of work.

In 2010 IBP partners celebrated a decade of activities and launched the publication:

Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health: Our first 10 years, 2000 – 2010

The partnership celebrated 10 years of activities at the Global Health Council Conference, Washington, DC 2010. A report summarizing our achievements, challenges and lessons learnt over this decade was launched during this well attended event in which partners spontaneously shared their perspective and experience of the partnership. 

At the September 2003 IBP launch in Agra, India, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form the IBP Consortium was signed by the 12 founding organizations of the IBP Initiative and 8 other international agencies.

Initially the MOU had to be renewed by the partners every two years but in 2007 all partners agreed to sign an indefinite extension of the MOU. (add link) They also voted to increase the rotation of the Chair from every year to every two years and published updated IBP Consortium Membership and Operational Guidelines. (add link to MOU extension document).

Since the partnership was first launched , the partners agreed that WHO/RHR would coordinate the programme of activities and serve as Secretariat. To this day the IBP Secretariat is based in WHO Geneva and WHO/RHR has provided one senior adviser and USAID through the Global Fellow Program, supported by the Public Health Institute another. (add link to Membership page) USAID and WHO/RHR have provided funding to support the IBP Secretariat and contribute to specific activities undertaken by the partnership.

Supported the dissemination and use of the Guide for Fostering Change to Strengthen and Scale-up Health Services in French and English. Collaborated with Management Sciences for Health on the development of a virtual training programme currently being implemented in Francophone West Africa and as follow-up to six countries that attended the ANE Meeting, Bangkok 2007.

IBP partners agree to form a Consortium and create a conceptual framework for the IBP.

IBP Secretariat is supported by World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research and is placed within the Department

As early as 2001 the IBP partners began to discuss formalizing their partnership through a memorandum of understanding. In mid-year 2002 partners agreed to form a consortium— not a new organization, but rather a formal commitment among existing organizations to work together, using a common methodology, to pursue a common goal.

IBP partners demonstrated global leadership in policy, advocacy and country specific activities in family planning and reproductive health. IBP partners address new and emerging issues by supporting the preparation of guidance for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in reproductive health activities. IBP partners continue to support country specific activities to support post abortion care and reposition family planning through fostering the management of change.

The six steps in the DAU process-Disseminate, Adapt, and Utilize-are: awareness, advocacy, acceptance, adaptation, application and adherence were conceptualized through the lens of a management of change process.   

Highlights of activities undertaken by partners of the IBP Consortium during 2007 to support the implementation of the annual program of work.

IBP Chair handover from IntraHealth to Jhpiego, IBP MOU extended indefinitely, IBP Steering Committee Meetings and IBP Consortium Meetings to review technical updates and engage with our country partners to review progress on key activities undertaken by the partnership.