Financing, Scaling Up and Sustaining a New Approach to
Urban Reproductive Health Solutions
An Increasingly Urban World The United Nations reports that by 2050, nearly 70% of the
Reaching urban women and girls, particularly those
worldâ€™s population will be urban with 90% of that
living in slums, with family planning solutions is essential.
urbanization occurring in Africa and Asia. Almost all that
When women and girls can control their own destinies
growth will be concentrated in poor urban settlements.
by choosing the number and spacing of their children, it
Poor urban women have considerably worse health
makes the future brighter for all of us.
outcomes, when compared with their wealthier urban counterparts and rural women.
Business ‘Unusual’ The Challenge Initiative empowers local city governments
We can make the greatest impact by targeting rapidly
to provide for the family planning needs of their own com-
growing urban areas in Asia and Africa.
munities with evidence-based high-impact solutions. It is a “business unusual” approach to deliver funding and technical expertise that supports the rapid scale up of family planning solutions for the urban poor, while laying the groundwork for long-term sustainability.
How the Initiative Works Cities Bring:
Cities self-select to participate, bringing political commitment, financial and human resources, and their own ideas
for solving their family planning challenges. Once they qualify, cities can seek financial support from the Initiativeâ€™s Challenge Fund. They also receive technical
The Initiative Brings:
Challenge Fund financial resources
financial and human resources
mentoring and technical expertise
evidence - based solutions
expertise and guidance to identify their most pressing family planning needs, which are then matched with solutions. The city implements its program while we set up monitoring systems to track progress and provide immediate feedback.
Where We Work The Challenge Initiative currently works through four regional â€œaccelerator hubsâ€? located in East Africa, Francophone West Africa, Nigeria and India. These regions implemented our high-impact family planning solutions under four successful Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives.
Opportunities for Investors We know family planning is one of the best investments we
in family planning annually generates $120 in benefits to
can make to not only improve the lives of women and girls
living in urban slums, but also all global citizens. Family planning positively impacts global challenges such as ma-
We welcome additional multilateral, bilateral and private in-
ternal and child mortality, urban poverty, gender equality,
vestors to contribute to our Challenge Fund and expand our
human rights and global climate change.
impact beyond current funding levels. Additional investors can leverage their support because more donor funds can
The Economist recently referred to family planning as a â€œdevelopment no-brainerâ€? because every dollar invested
unlock more resources from cities and other donors.
A Game-Changing Solution The Challenge Initiative is the solution we need at a time when a womanâ€™s access to contraception is being threatened right as cities continue their path to exponential growth. This investment in girls and women offers an uncompromising focus on evidence-based interventions that strengthen local governments so they are responsible for their own citizens in the long run.
Every $1 invested in family planning annually generates $120 in benefits to society.
The Initiativeâ€™s regional accelerator hubs are locally registered country offices of established international non-governmental organizations with highly competent staff who have a deep understanding of local context and experience implementing high-impact family planning solutions.
The Initiative is led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.