This brief summarizes evidence on the benefits of family planning for girls and women, their children, families, and societies. It also provides evidence on the cost-effectiveness of family planning programs; discusses reasons for unmet need for contraception and identifies ways to reduce unmet need and discontinuation; and describes progress in meeting FP2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To meet the FP2020 and SDGs, significant investments are required by countries and donors in the following priority areas: sustainable financing, reaching all adolescents, expanding availability of services to the poorest and hard-to-reach populations, improving the quality of services, increasing the range of methods available, strengthening procurement procedures and supply chains, broadening social and behavior change communication interventions, and sustaining research and development investments in contraceptive methods and their delivery.
Machiyama, Kazuyo, Francis Obare, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Doris Chou, Mario Festin, Rajat Khosla, James Kiarie, Lale Say, and Nandita Thatte. 2018. "Accelerating uptake of voluntary, rights-based family planning in developing countries," Family Planning Evidence Brief. Geneva: World Health Organization.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)