Four Examples of How Mentorship Transforms Family Planning

Sarah McKee

Project Associate

The U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project understands how essential leadership skills are to effective family planning programs. Similarly, the “Family Planning High Impact Practices” series recognizes leadership and management as key ingredients necessary to foster an enabling environment for successful family planning programs.

One of the LMG Project’s approaches to leadership development is through mentorship. In 2015, the LMG Project established an online mentoring network for professional women across East Africa who promote family planning and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in different capacities. The East Africa Women’s Mentoring Network (EAWMN) matches aspiring and experienced women leaders, to facilitate personal and professional development for both mentors and mentees.

In preparation for the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), being held in Indonesia from January 25-28, we want to highlight four mentor and mentee pairs from the network to demonstrate their progress and experiences.

Join us at ICFP for an opportunity to meet Caren Wakoli, a mentor presenting the results and success of the network so far.

Christine Butegwa and Terry Shiundu

Increasing Access to FP Information

Grace Ikirimat, Hawa Abdillahi, and Elizabeth Imbo

Advocating for Family Planning

Namakau Nyambe and Kidest Hagos

Developing a Proposal for Post-Abortion Care

Europe Maalim and Caren Wakoli

Launching a Business and Working in Difficult Contexts

Interested in ICFP? The LMG Project has auxiliary events and presentations scheduled throughout the conference. Be sure to follow all of the action on the ICFP Digital Hub.