SRHR Financing demystified

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on January 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm



In 2015, substantial changes are proposed to the present development financing architecture. This presents both threats and opportunities for the availability of funding for reproductive health  supplies and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the global, regional, national and subnational level. In July, 2015 Heads of State and Government from around the world agreed to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development. This document will guide national government decisionmaking on wide range of development financing issues for the foreseeable future.

The AAAA sets out a framework and concrete actions to finance sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in September 2015. The framework is not brand new. It builds on a year of international consultation and several past international conferences devoted to development finance and aid effectiveness.

Changes to existing financing arrangements present both threats and opportunities for RH supplies and SRHR funding. In theory, any and all financial interactions can affect the availability of RH supplies, by affecting money flows from the macro-economic level to the level of the individual person trying to access RH supplies. This publication helps explain the implications of the AAAA and how people can help increase funding for RH supplies and SRH rights (SRHR) in developing countries.

With support from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) Innovation Fund, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is implementing the National Action for Financing (NAF) project to work with stakeholders to position funding for RH supplies as a critical element in the new development financing architecture. This publication aims to enable stakeholders to understand the implications of the changes and challenges to RH supplies funding. The advocacy messages and tactics described in this document can help influence decision-making, increase funding and improve access to RH supplies and SRHR.
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