We advance family planning through evidence-based advocacy.
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative comprises multiple partner organizations worldwide working to achieve the global goal of expanding access to quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies. We 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.
The initiative launched in 2009 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
AFP’s SMART—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound—Advocacy approach focuses on opportunities that have the highest potential for success in the near term. It connects short-term advocacy strategies and wins with broad, long-term goals. The approach transforms the way family planning champions maximize their time and funds to effectively persuade those in power to take action. Learn more about SMART Advocacy here.