The 2018 International Conference on Family Planning

 Every other year since 2009, the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) has brought together the family planning community to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward. The International Conference on Family Planning serves as a strategic inflection point for the family planning and reproductive health community worldwide. It provides an opportunity for faith leaders, political leaders, scientists, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and youth to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes, and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, quality contraception by 2020. The fifth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 12 to 15, 2018. 2018 ICFP’s theme “Investing for a Lifetime of Returns” speaks to the various returns on investment family planning provides, from education and empowerment to economic growth and environmental health. Underlying many of the conference sessions will be a focus on the ways in which countries can harness the benefits of the demographic dividend to reap these returns on the macro and micro levels, and the Demographic Dividend will be a highlighted track.

Key dates

2018 ICFP Conference will take place from November 12-15, 2018

Call for abstracts opens January 12, 2018

Registration Opens May 14, 2018


Maintaining Momentum: Faith actors at ICFP

Faith to Action Network is a member of the Faith Sub Committee: As a member of the Faith Sub-committee, Faith to Action Network mobilizes faith organizations’ participation in the 2018 ICFP and organizes the 2018 ICFP Faith Pre-Conference. In addition, Faith to Action Network supports faith organizations in developing and proposing panels and abstracts and in negotiating at the international steering committee for their acceptance. This includes publicising the ICFP and faith pre-conference towards faith organizations, offering technical assistance in understanding the guidelines of the events and drafting submissions which meet required quality thresholds.

Plans and Sponsorship Proposal for 2018: The faith community made historic progress at ICFP 2016 when 85 faith leaders from 26 nations came together for the first-ever Faith Pre-conference. They discussed best practices in faith-based involvement in family planning and committed to scaling up services to help families with healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

Maintaining this momentum for ICFP 2018 is critical to keeping faith-based organizations on the forefront as crucial partners with governments and other NGOs. See a proposal of activities and sponsorship levels to support faith participation at ICFP 2018 so you and your organization can be part of this emerging movement of faith communities promoting, delivering and advocating for family planning.

Faith Pre-Conference

Since the fourth ICFP, Faith to Action Network and Christian Connections for International Health have organized a faith pre-conference on the side-lines of the main conference. The event promotes knowledge sharing among leaders of faith organizations and religious leaders and acts as a catalyst for their action in support of family planning. In 2018, the pre-conference’s theme is “Leveraging Faith Communities’ social capital for a lifetime of returns”. It explores how faith communities can advocate in advancing policies, funding and institutional commitment for family planning. It will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 10 to 11, 2018. Its goal and objectives are summarized as follows: The goal is to increase faith organizations’ advocacy actions in support of family planning within their communities, institutions and towards governments.


  • Encourage and develop relationships and partnerships among religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and secular organizations engaged in family planning.
  • Showcase best practices of faith-based services and advocacy for family planning.
  • Develop action plans to guide faith communities to educate and advocate within their own community for FP services and programs; and to advocate externally to policymakers.
  • Attendees will develop advocacy commitments in support of family planning.

Recent news

  • (13 March 2018) – Since 2016, faith actors across the world have made impressive progress in promoting family planning, through advocacy, awareness creation and service delivery. In preparation of the fifth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) scheduled for November 12-15, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, Faith to Action Network and Christian Connections for International Health

  • The faith community has realized impressive achievements in promoting family planning services and information since it met at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). Please, join Faith to Action Network and Christian Connections for International Health on March 13th, 2018, for a discussion on the way forward and how to prepare for ICFP

2018 ICFP Welcome message by Jose “Oying” Rimon II, Director, Gates Institute

Welcome message by Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda