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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.

A strategy document entitled Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health, published in 2002, described the partnership and spelled out its process. This process was later refined and republished in a brochure in 2004. The key elements of the strategy can be summarized as:

1. Mobilize networks of reproductive health advocates and professionals.

2. Create a culture of knowledge sharing in and between countries to share local and international experience on best and working practices, issues, success stories, concerns and lessons learned in reproductive health.

3. Use innovative approaches to identify, recommend and introduce evidence-based guidelines and proven effective practices that can be adapted to meet specific requirements of country programs.

4. Promote the use of proven effective managerial, training and Performance Improvement models that support the change process required to implement best practices and improve reproductive health.

5. Support the formulation and implementation of collaborative strategies that accelerate taking to scale evidence-based and proven-effective practices.

6. Share progress and acknowledge success by providing mechanisms that offer supportive follow-up and empower individuals to gather, reflect on and share progress, innovations, experience, success stories and lessons learned.

With the consortium agreement came the logo for the IBP—a globe spinning off arrows symbolizing this 6-step process.

A Strategy document Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health is published 

IBP Partners worked in Task Teams in accordance with a program of work to: 

  • Defined best practice
  • Undertake an information needs assessment in Egypt and based on findings of the survey on information needs the partners assembled a tool kit of best practices reference materials. Participants received the tool kit on a CD-ROM (add link).
  • Developed a Technology Café Brochure  that summarized the electronic tools and media that would be demonstrated during the Technology Café at the Egypt meeting. (add link).
  • Developed an advocacy and branding strategy for the IBP partnership
  • Explored the literature on knowledge management
  • Refined the interactive training methodologies for the mini universities, technology cafe, information exchange bazaar and scavenger hunt.
  • Prepared facilitator and participant training program on the performance improvement process.
  • Worked with country teams to prepare for the next IBP launch meeting in Egypt and India


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