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Advance Family Planning

Comprising multiple partner organizations worldwide, AFP aims to achieve the global goal of expanding access to quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies.

AFP partners provide decision-makers with evidence that family planning is a sound investment for individuals, communities, and a nation’s future, and is a fundamental part of universal health coverage and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

More than 300 organizations across 41 countries are using the SMART—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound—Advocacy approach developed by AFP. SMART Advocacy transforms the way family planning champions maximize their time and funds to effectively persuade those in power to act.





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The Advance Family Planning (AFP) advocacy initiative has mobilized more than $169.7 million US dollars in domestic funding for family planning and achieved more than 2,800 advocacy wins in 30 countries and over 500 subnational geographies.


What has AFP achieved?

Since AFP was launched in 2009, more than 2,800 advocacy wins have set policy, generated financial investments, and brought family planning priorities to the forefront of national and global attention. In 2020-21 alone, AFP’s advocacy led to national and subnational governments allocating $45.1 million in funding.

The initiative’s partners have enabled more than 800 policies that expand access to quality family planning—including improvements in commodity supply chains, health worker education and training, and the quality of counseling and range of contraceptive choices available, to name just a few. Strategic media advocacy engagement continues to grow the visibility for family planning.

AFP continues to disseminate the SMART Advocacy approach to support, strengthen, and foster locally owned advocacy. Since 2009, AFP partners have helped establish 360 local advocacy working groups with more than 3,900 members—nearly all with formal government recognition—who lead the advocacy effort.

Who supports the AFP initiative?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation support AFP. Other funders have enabled AFP to replicate its approach in Latin America and convene researchers and advocates to prioritize policy changes needed to scale up access to subcutaneous depo-provera.