Capacity Strengthening

Knowledge and information are only half of "know-how." The other half is skills-building. Much of K4Health's work involves capacity strengthening—providing tools, resources, and learning experiences that develop an organization or an individual's skills to find and use the knowledge they need.

K4Health's capacity-building work takes many forms, from storytelling workshops to organizational analyses to regional initiatives.

In Practice


When country governments are strategic and efficient in investing their limited resources to meet the growing demand for family planning, they are more likely to achieve their family planning goals--goals that will help save millions of lives and improve the health and well-being of women, families, and communities around the world. A costed implementation plan (CIP) is a multi-year actionable roadmap designed to help governments plan and meet these important goals.

Mother embraces child, Kampala

A mother embraces her child at the Marie Stopes Kavule Clinic in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit: David Alexander, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs/FP Voices 2016.



Family planning saves lives and helps ensure educational and economic opportunity for women, girls, families, and communities. The family planning and reproductive health community is often focused on data and metrics—using the numbers to elevate family planning as a high-impact development intervention with strong returns on investment. Data is essential for successful programming, but stories can help bring the data to life, share knowledge and experience, create community, and compel action.

Family Planning Voices

K4Health and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) created Family Planning Voices to document and share personal stories from people around the world who are passionate about family planning. This growing collection features portraits of storytellers alongside their own words, connecting voices and faces across the globe, from small rural villages to megacities.

Ethiopia village elder

Shek Kasim Kurke, a village elder and religious leader in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, poses for a picture.



Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) is a development approach that focuses on the relationship between human health and environmental health. Integrated PHE programs improve primary health care services, particularly family planning and reproductive health, while also helping communities conserve biodiversity, manage natural resources, and develop sustainable livelihoods. Some countries--such as Ethiopia, Madagascar, and the Philippines--have done extensive work in PHE policy and programming, and have powerful stories to tell. Capturing and sharing these stories provides a strong advocacy tool for the PHE approach and complements research and evaluation data.


Simone Parrish

CCP | Global Repository Director

NOTE DATE CHANGE! This course was previously announced for June 18-20.

Jennifer Tumusiime

EGPAF Uganda | Knowledge Management Advisor
Tumusiime share fair blog photo

The East Africa Regional Share Fair attracted participants from many sectors.

In his book Post-Capitalist Society, prominent management thinker and writer Peter F. Drucker notes, “Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant—and perhaps even the only—source of competitive advantage.”

How to make this a reality for East Africa informed most of the discussions at the Regional Share Fair conducted in Uganda in June 2018. The objective of the Share Fair was to collaboratively learn how to apply knowledge management (KM) tools, techniques, and approaches in the health sector.

Elizabeth Futrell

(Formerly) CCP | Content Development Lead
The Art of Photography is the second in K4Health/IYAFP's storytelling webinar series.

The Art of Photography is the second in K4Health/IYAFP's storytelling webinar series. Photo: UYAHF

The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) team has conducted storytelling workshops around the world over the past few years, from South Africa to the Philippines. We’ve been particularly energized by the opportunities we’ve had to help strengthen the capacity of grassroots youth-led organizations to use storytelling to reach their audiences and communicate about their work and the issues that matter to them. To share some of our essential tips and tools with a broader audience, particularly with young sexual and reproductive health professionals working in all corners of the world, K4Health is currently partnering with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) to jointly offer a digital storytelling webinar series.


Update course flyer for the June 2019 Summer Institute course "Knowledge Management for Effectiv

Organizations can use the Knowledge Management (KM) Index, a new evidence-based assessment tool, to measure capacity in four fundamental KM practice areas:

  1. Organizational structure (KM vision and strategy),
  2. Learning opportunities (professional development),
  3. Internal KM culture (seeking out and sharing knowledge), and
  4. KM for global health (efforts to advance global health agenda).