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The Private Sector & Family Planning

The private sector – in relation to family planning – is defined as non-state market actors with direct, supporting, or enabling functions aimed at increasing access, availability and use of FP products and services.  These include a wide range of actors:  commercial for-profit, faith-based, and non-profit; US-based, local and international; formal and informal sectors, including traditional and community health providers.

While this a relatively broad definition, the commercial for-profit, and health provider segments (outside of faith-based and non-profit / SMO) as well as other actors noted above would benefit from more clear inclusion and valuation associated with their role in the FP equation.

Voices from SHOPS Plus

Private Sector Voices

This video was produced for the Not Without FP virtual forum. It highlights the important contribution of private providers to family planning, shows the sector’s diversity, and underscores the fact that private providers serve all: wealth, poor, rural, urban, and youth populations.

Part 1
Part 2
Fully Integrated Programming

The Private Sector Community at ICFP 2022

This is the Private Sector Subcommittee’s inaugural year. This new sub-committee will assemble and brainstorm opportunities for a pre-ICFP conference meeting, to establish panels and identify & showcase best practices from the private sector in service delivery, product innovation and FP inclusion in health insurance benefits.   We will seek opportunities to invite participation by private sector leaders such as midwives from Indonesia. 

Additionally the private sector subcommittee will generate engagement around challenges that are more unique to private sector actors and increase their understanding of the other stakeholder groups.


Still Waiting for a Seat at the Table: When Will Global FP Focus on Smaller Private Providers?

How well is the private sector integrated into global family planning (FP) efforts? Not well enough. The current private markets trajectory in many low and low-middle income countries is not nearly sufficient, and donor-funded products and NGO programming are clearly not the entire answer.

News and ideas from the Private Sector Community

Private Sector Voices


ICFP Private Sector Subcommittee

The private sector subcommittee was formally established in January 2020 with the goal of planning and generating activities for ICFP 2022 which will increase the strategic visibility and engagement of the private sector.   The subcommittee was proposed to the ICFP Core Organizing Group in late 2019 and subsequently approved.
The work of this new subcommittee is important as forecasts of stagnating (or declining) donor funding for family planning (FP) raises concerns about the future and triggers more focus on the private sector’s ability to meet users’ needs.  While the topic of sexual and reproductive health is highly visible and demand is growing, there is a need to mobilize private sector resources and participation.
Historical participation of large innovator manufacturers and social marketing organizations at ICFP is well-recognized and valued. This sub-committee will strive to engage with those actors as well as additional segments of the private sector, to increase the reach to organizations that play a significant and growing role in enabling and providing family planning related services and products.  Examples of organizations that we would seek to engage include midwifery associations, independent social enterprises and clinics, private health insurance providers and employer groups. 
The Private Sector Subcommittee’s overall goal is to increase the strategic visibility and participation of the private sector, through advanced planning of events and efforts for the next ICFP conference.
Organizations represented on the subcommittee:
Abt Associates, Avenir Health, Bayer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute, CARE, CHAI, Commission of Gender Equality (South Africa), Danish Family Planning Association, Female Health Company, FHI360, FP2020, Global Affairs Canada, Healthy Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Incepta Pharmaceuticals (Bangladesh), India Health Action Trust, Institute of Business Management (Pakistan), Institute for Social and Youth Development (Pakistan), IntraHealth, IPPF, Jhpiego, John Snow Incorporated, Knit Together Initiative (Nigeria), Love Matters India, Marie Stopes International, Medicines360, Ministry of Health, Kisumu West  (Kenya), Palladium, PATH, Pathfinder International, Pfizer, Population Council, Population Services International, PT Tunggal, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), SERAC Bangladesh, Social Marketing Company SMC (Bangladesh), UNFPA, UN Foundation, USAID, WCG Cares, The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI), Y Coalition
If you are interested in knowing more about the ICFP Private Sector Subcommittee, please get in touch. 


Andrea Bare