The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works with a wide range of public and private partners to accelerate development and ensure we are using resources efficiently. USAID’s partnerships promote access to voluntary family planning information and services and improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
As a core partner in Family Planning 2030 (FP2030), and its predecessor Family Planning 2020, USAID works with the global community to support voluntary modern contraceptive use by everyone who wants it, achieved through individuals’ informed choice and agency, responsive and sustainable systems providing a range of contraceptives, and a supportive policy environment.
USAID is a founding member of the Ouagadougou Partnership, a joint effort between USAID, the governments of eight francophone West African countries and other international development organizations. The Ouagadougou Partnership promotes the integration of voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs into national development plans in West Africa, a region with high rates of fertility and unmet need for contraception.
As a member of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), USAID collaborates with other public, private and non-governmental organizations to ensure that people living in low and middle-income countries have access to high quality reproductive health supplies. The coalition works to reduce supply stock-outs, assist governments in achieving their reproductive health goals and improve the market for contraceptive supplies. In recent years, USAID has worked with the RHSC and pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Bayer and Pfizer to lower drug prices for several high-demand contraceptives.
USAID collaborates with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on several programmatic and technical initiatives related to family planning and reproductive health. The collaboration is focused in six thematic areas at the global and country levels: gender; population and development data; youth; total market approach; commodity security; and high-impact practices. USAID and UNFPA support national governments in their efforts to step up ownership and sustained financing for their family planning programs.
USAID recognizes the importance of partnering with the private sector to expand access to health services for women and girls around the globe.
Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies
USAID is part of a public-private partnership with the Department for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer, and PATH to support the introduction of Sayana® Press, a new contraceptive packaged in an innovative pre-filled single-use syringe. The contraceptive’s unique delivery system makes it more portable and easier to use than other options, allowing injections to be delivered by health care workers to women at home or in other convenient settings.
USAID works to help governments meet the family planning needs of their people by partnering with a variety of institutions, including faith-based and community organizations, private companies, colleges and universities, and non-governmental organizations. These partners are located around the world, including local partners in our family planning priority and assistance countries.
Agency for All: Agency for All was designed as a cross-bureau and cross-sector social and behavior change research project to address social and behavioral determinants of health. Through locally led, equitable partnerships and innovative research, Agency for All will generate new evidence on understanding agency, empowerment and individuals’ ability to convert intentions into action within health and SBC programs.
Breakthrough ACTION: Breakthrough ACTION is focused on strengthening in-country capacity to implement state of the art health communications, including mass media, community level activities, interpersonal communication and new media.
Breakthrough RESEARCH: Breakthrough RESEARCH catalyzes social and behavior change by conducting research and evaluation and promoting solutions to improve health and development programs around the world.
Building Capacity for Integrated Family Planning & Reproductive Health and Population, Environment and Development Action (BUILD): BUILD works to strengthen individual and institutional capacity in advocacy, and policy communications and negotiations; and increase commitment for cross-sectoral approaches to integrated population, health, environment, climate change, resilience, food security, livelihoods and security programs.
Central Contraceptive Procurement (CCP): The Central Contraceptive Procurement (CCP) project serves as the central procurement mechanism for USAID Missions to purchase high quality contraceptives and condoms.
Demographic and Health Surveys-8 (DHS-8): The Demographic and Health Surveys Program works to improve the collection, analysis and presentation of population, health, and nutrition data which is used to facilitate planning, policy making and program management.
Direct-to-Consumer Approaches to Fertility Awareness & Reproductive Health Information for Adolescents (DTC): DTC develops mobile games and educational e-learning tools to educate adolescent girls and boys and their peers on making informed decisions across a range of age-appropriate health situations with the purpose of improving the health and livelihoods of urban adolescents in India and Rwanda.
Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO): The EECO project supports the research, development, and introduction of new and improved contraceptive methods that address method-related reasons for non-use and better meet the reproductive health needs of women and girls.
Frontier Health Markets - Engage (FHM-Engage): FHM-Engage is a health market development project designed to increase local private sector contributions to advance family planning, maternal, newborn and child health, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other health outcomes.
Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) - Family Planning/Reproductive Health Task Order 3: GHSC-PSM aims to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities in order to prevent suffering, save lives and strengthen supply chain systems in low and middle-income countries.
Innovate FP: Innovate FP focuses on expanding desirable, affordable, quality contraceptive options to enable individuals to better meet their changing needs and desires throughout their reproductive lives. The project works to improve existing contraceptive methods by addressing method-related reasons for non-use, and develops new contraceptives to fill the gaps in the current method mix.
Knowledge SUCCESS: Knowledge SUCCESS (Strengthening Use, Capacity, Collaboration, Exchange, Synthesis, and Sharing) supports learning and creates opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange within the family planning and reproductive health community.
MOMENTUM: MOMENTUM—or Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale—is a suite of projects that aims to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries by increasing host country commitment and capacity to provide high-quality, integrated health care.
Project UChoose: Project UChoose works to advance the research, development, and understanding of safe, effective, and affordable contraceptive methods, which will better enable women to make decisions around their family planning needs.
PROPEL Adapt: PROPEL Adapt works in the context of shocks, stressors, and fragile settings to improve the enabling environment for more equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through approaches in policy development and implementation; adequate, predictable, and sustainable financing; enhanced government stewardship, transparency, and accountability; and the use of evidence-based advocacy approaches. Work under PROPEL Adapt includes strengthening the resilience of health systems to advance primary health care and universal health care initiatives within fragile contexts.
PROPEL Health: PROPEL Health improves the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems to improve health outcomes through family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), primary healthcare, and the integration of FP/RH with HIV and maternal and child health. The project prioritizes localizing policy, advocacy, financing, and governance leadership, technical assistance, and capacity development to enhance resilience and sustainability.
Research for Scalable Solutions: The R4S project conducts research to improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and equity of family planning programs in project partner countries across Africa and Asia. The project works with country research agencies to strengthen research capacity, and to generate evidence for developing sustainable strategies to implement high impact family planning practices equitably and at scale.
US Census Bureau Interagency Agreement: The agreement with the US Census Bureau seeks to increase the quality, quantity, and utility of country-level data to support routine censuses and the data requirements of SDGs. The agreement strengthens the capability of statistical offices in developing countries to collect, analyze, disseminate and use data.