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) took place in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 12 to 15, 2018. 2018 ICFP’s theme “Investing for a Lifetime of Returns” spoke to the various returns on investment family planning provides, from education and empowerment to economic growth and environmental health. This year, faith organizations were strongly represented throughout the conference, with a pre-conference, interfaith prayers and celebrations, numerous side-events, panel presentations, poster presentations, discussion tables. Please, have a look at the full faith agenda:

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  • 2018 Faith Preconference group photo

    Kigali, RWANDA, 10 November 2018 (F2A) – Prior to the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), leaders of diverse faith groups gathered to exchange tools and skills used for advocacy with institutions and governments. The packed agenda saw participants leave the workshop equipped with tools for buy-in, sustenance and implementation of the quickwins approach to policy

  • News reports of ICFP 2018 acknowledged faith organizations’ roles in advocating for family planning budgets, policies and services taking example on Bureau Diocesain des Oeuvres Medicales in DRC, as well as Faith to Action Network members, Mityana Diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda, Abundant Life Communication and Broadcast Network and Kenya Muslim Youth Development

  • Faith leaders, donor agencies and scholars have used ICFP 2018 as a space to exchange their experiences and lessons in implementing family planning programmes. A luncheon discussion on how to constructively communicate with people of faith on family planning, drew participants from the Muslim Association of Malawi, the Office of the Grand Mufti of Comoros,

  • Kigali, RWANDA – 12 NOVEMBER 2018 (CCIH) – Faith-based organizations have provided family planning services as part of basic healthcare for decades. People of faith value healthy families and understand that healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies is good for mothers, children and the entire family. Why does there still seem to be a disconnect

  • Kigali, RWANDA – 15 NOVEMBER 2018 (F2A) – At the fifth International Conference on Family Planning, faith leaders developed a commitment statement. As a statement of support and lessons learned, it was presented in the closing plenary session by Reverend Dr. Lydia Mwaniki, Director, Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice, All Africa Conference of Churches

  • Kigali, RWANDA – 12 NOVEMBER 2018 (F2A) – 200 faith leaders and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) advocates from across the world, jointly commemorated lost lives due to maternal mortality, prayed to overcome obstacles in enabling access to SRH services and celebrated progress in uptake of family planning. Faith to Action Network, Christian Connections for

  • Kigali, RWANDA – 13 NOVEMBER 2018 (F2A) – As “norm entrepreneurs” faith actors are well-suited to leading the change of social norms in family planning. Faith to Action Network hosted a discussion panel at ICFP 2018, describing recent norm changes in different faith communities. The Council of African Provinces of Africa resolved to promote family

  • Kigali, RWANDA, 13 NOVEMBER 2018 (F2A) – Collaboration is the animating principle of the Family Planning 2020 partnership. Represented by its Vice Chair Person Prof Dr Ahmed Ragab, Faith to Action Network served for two years on FP2020’s reference group to enable collaboration with the faith community. The spirit of collaboration is what enables disparate

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.

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.

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

Welcome message by Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda