ICFP Pre-Conference: Sharing best practices, launching a publication, and meeting inspiring youth leaders

Sarah Lindsay

Senior Technical Officer

The 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) may not begin until Tuesday, but the Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project has already attended numerous events around Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On Monday morning, LMG consortium partner, International Planned Parenthood Federation, presented Africa Region’s Annual Learning and Sharing Platform. The meeting brought together reproductive health practitioners from its forty-two member networks in Africa to exchange ideas and best practices. This year, the meeting also included IPPF's other five region, Arab World, Europe, South Asia, East and South East Asia, and Western Hemisphere, to share their stories. Within the different regions a common challenge stood out: their ability to reach younger people with reproductive health services and training.

“We must mobilize out of school adolescents and strengthen our youth friendly services,” Anjali Sen, regional director of IPPF South Asia shared. The other regions agreed, deeming it vital to reach IPPF Director General (DG) Tewodros Melesse’s goal of tripling services provided by 2020.

Following the regional sharing, LMG/IPPF Partnership Director Elly Mugumya launched the newest LMG publication An Open Mind and a Hard Back: Conversations with African Women Leaders. Mugumya said the importance of the publication would be, “To accelerate the process of bringing about gender equality and good governance in the health sector, it is important to understand the leadership role women play.” Mugumya and IPPF Africa Performance & Knowledge Manager Paulin Tra presented the first copy of the publication to IPPF DG Melesse.

At the end of the day, LMG was able to visit with IPPF youth delegates, as well as the ICFP youth speakers chosen to attend the conference at their respective pre-conference workshops. These youth leaders are being prepared with crash courses on public speaking, social media, advocacy, and other skills to maximize their impact during and after the conference. Follow LMG and youth leaders, and LMG youth leadership activities on Twitter with: #ICFPYouth and #YouthLead.

Photo: IPPF Africa Regional Performance & Knowledge Manager Paulin Tra unwraps new LMG publication "An Open Mind and a Hard Back: Conversations with African Women Leaders