Leaders and Managers: Making Family Planning Programs Work

13 April, 2019

Below are selected extracts from a High Impact Practice paper. Read online: https://www.fphighimpactpractices.org/briefs/leaders-and-managers/


Leadership and management are both essential elements to developing successful family planning programs and can help ensure resources are used effectively to achieve results...

While there is no one way to build leadership and management capacity, below are a few key issues to consider:

Support leaders and managers...

Professionalize leadership and management roles...

Train teams that work together through applied learning...

Include leadership and management skills in pre-service training...

Connect with a community of practice. Connect leaders and managers to a larger community that shares common visions or goals for family planning (Wheatley, 2002). Establishing or connecting with a community of practice enables leaders and managers to develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, and ways of addressing recurring problems (Wenger-Trayner & Wenger-Trayner, 2015). At national, regional, district, sub-district, or facility levels, communities of practice could be established through mechanisms such as Technical Working Groups (TWGs) or a Stakeholder Leadership Group (Gormley & McCaffery, 2011) or through the use of technology to establish communication arenas such as listservs and websites. Such groups can also serve as advocacy groups for strengthening leadership and galvanizing commitment around family planning investments, another important high-impact practice for family planning programs.


Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning


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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org