Making Aid Effectiveness Work for Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Suzanna Dennis

This Population Action International Working Paper analyzes the five principles of aid effectiveness— country ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results, and mutual accountability—from a family planning and reproductive health perspective. It also describes how the Paris Declaration has changed the ways of managing and delivering aid; highlights entry points and obstacles for champions working to improve funding and policies; and makes recommendations for civil society organizations, governments and donors.

Advocacy Entry Points

While acknowledging challenges that aid effectiveness presents, this paper recognizes the need for champions to adjust to evolving circumstances and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Entry points for civil society champions working within the new aid architecture include pressuring governments and donors to prioritize family planning and reproductive health within national and sectoral budgets, as well as Poverty Reduction Strategies and other national and sectoral development plans. Ensuring these documents include funding and indicators to monitor progress toward family planning and reproductive health goals increases the likelihood that programs will be implemented. Civil society organizations can also monitor budget expenditures and implementation of government and donor policies and commitments, and follow up with advocacy for improvements.