Capacity Building Package 1: Building National Capacity to Develop National Population
Plans of Action
Support should be given to government efforts aimed at
formulating effective national population plans of action, and enhancing
coordination among donors in an effort to forge strategic plans of action in the
area of population and reproductive health. Such donor coalitions might consist
of, for example, UNFPA, USAID, SIDA and IPPF (a leading international NGO) and
elements of the private sector. Other, local or national NGOs should bolster
national capacities to plan for and implement comprehensive population and
reproductive health programmes.
1. Preparation of a "national population plan of action" by the
respective government in close collaboration with appropriate UN agencies,
bilaterals, development banks, NGOs, religious groups and the private sector.
2. Provision of adequate funding from national government and
donor group to implement the plan of action.
3. Mobilization of grassroots community groups, particularly
women's organizations, in support of the plan of action.
4. Launching of a national IEC strategy in order to build
widespread public support for the action plan.
5. Improve training of primary health care workers and family
planning providers, wherever necessary, as well as other service providers,
policy makers, planners and analysts involved in various components of the
6. In the area of RH/FP/SH, a provisional strategy should be
worked out, involving the government health service, in close collaboration with
appropriate NGOs and the private sector, in deciding which mix of services to
offer communities in different parts of the country. Ideally, each partner will
work in those areas where they are already effective, leaving the government to
fill in where NGOs and the private sector cannot deliver quality services.
7. The plan of action should provide for periodic review of
performance in light of stated goals and objectives. This exercise will permit
the government, with its partners, to provide better services in those areas
where they are