The UK is one of the largest European donors of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and an active proponent of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) within ODA. Despite a tight economic climate, the budget of the Department for International Development (DFID) has remained ring-fenced. The UK continues to meet the target of 0.7% GNI to ODA, after the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act enshrined this ongoing commitment in law in 2015.
Policies & funding
The UK has committed to taking a strong stand for women and girls and to promoting equity in both its programmes and in global processes such as the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UK continues to work towards the UK commitment of 24 million additional family planning users between 2012 and 2020. The UK continues to place a strong emphasis on health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and on women and girls.
By 2016/17, DFID-funded reproductive, maternal and new-born health programmes have enabled 8.5 million additional women (from July 2012 to March 2017) to use modern methods of family planning (contributing towards DFID’s commitment of 24 million between 2012 and 2020).
In 2016 and 2017, DFID continued to fund SRH/FP in several countries. The large global programme Prevention of Maternal Deaths from Unwanted Pregnancy (PMDUP 2011-17) has been continued as the HEALTH: PREVENTION OF MATERNAL DEATHS (PMD) programme, in 17 countries across West, East, Central and Southern Africa and in South Asia.
Overall, the UK has decreased funding for SRH/FP in 2016 to €211 million, representing a 22% decrease compared to 2015. Whilst funding for SRH/FP organisations and initiatives increased, UNFPA core funding, UNFPA Supplies Programmes, earmarked multilateral funding and funding for SRH/FP research witnessed a decrease. In July 2017, the UK co-hosted the global FP Summit, where it increased its existing commitment by 25% to an average of €254 million a year, and extended its commitment by a further two years, up to 2022.
To reinvigorate support on FP2020 commitments made at the first FP summit in July 2012, DFID, UNFPA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation brought together major stakeholders at an FP Summit in July 2017, in London. The UK government committed an additional £45 million per year (a 25% increase) for family planning, to enable an additional 24 million girls and women in the world’s poorest countries to use voluntary modern family planning methods by 2020. This brings DFID’s total FP funding to an average of £225 million a year until 2022, and includes a £30 million commitment to the Global Financing Facility, funding to the global Visibility and Analytics Network to improve commodity supply chains, £36 million to SRHR AidConnect (a civil society funding stream) and supporting a price reduction deal for Sayana Press.
DFID is on track to meet their commitment, and is supporting the target through bilateral and multilateral programmes (as highlighted above) and through maintaining the profile on FP within key global agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
DFID Business Plan 2011-2015 (2010)
Health portfolio review 2009 (2010)
Updated January 2018
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