|Strengthening the Fabric of Society: Population. Capacity Building for Sustainable Development (UNDP - UNFPA, 1996, 53 p.)|
|7. Some Capacity Building Packages|
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 action plan.
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 needed.