The practical magic of philanthropic partnerships

April 13, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

The practical magic of philanthropic partnerships

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In 2011, Francophone West Africa had some of the world’s highest birthrates. The region had for generations lagged far behind other developing countries in the realm of family planning -while about 56 percent of married women in developing countries around the world were using modern methods of contraception, only about 11 percent of women in western Africa were doing the same.
Thus the Ouagadougou Partnership was launched with the ambitious goal to increase the users of modern contraception in its member countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo) by one million women by 2015. Although one million additional users may not seem an ambitious increase for large countries and regions, for the region it represented an improvement of about a third over the total users in the region in 2011. Mission impossible? Apparently not.

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