“We are not alone. We can learn from each other.”
-- Member of district working group in Tuban, East Java (and participant at the ICMM/AFP knowledge-sharing meeting)
Last month, the Advance Family Planning (AFP) Project and the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project in Indonesia co-hosted our first-ever knowledge-sharing meeting for district, provincial, and national level partners. The two-day meeting was conducted and facilitated by ICMM/AFP partner Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu (YCCP), who brought more than 70 individuals from the district, provincial, and national level together in Jakarta. YCCP leads advocacy efforts for the two projects, which both use the AFP approach to advocate for increased funding and support for family planning at the district level.
Members of the Lombok Timur DWG discuss their advocacy activities for the upcoming year, using the AFP SMART approach. © 2014 Sarah Harlan, JHUCCP.
The meeting theme—“Partnering to Win”—highlighted the importance of collaboration and learning in order to improve district-level family planning advocacy efforts and make strides towards meeting millennium development goals (MDGs) and FP2020 goals. Participants included representatives from all the six ICMM district working groups (Kediri, Lumajang, Tuban, East Lombok, Sumbawa, and West Lombok), all five AFP district working groups (Bandung, Bogor, Karawang, Karanganyar, and Pontianak), provincial-level district health offices (from East Java and West Nusa Tenggara), provincial-level BKKBN offices (Population and Family Planning Board), the Family Planning Body of East Java, BKKBN Central Office, the University of Indonesia, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and USAID/Indonesia. Several staff from Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (including myself) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health also attended. The event provided an excellent platform for all partners to learn from each other’s challenges and successes.