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Communications for Social Good


Examines foundation opportunities and techniques to leverage social change goals through the use of communications media. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

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October 7, 2016


A Reporter’s Guide to Maternal Health


This reporter’s guide, published by Solutions Journalism Network and the Pulitzer Center, introduces journalists to potential solutions-oriented angles to maternal health stories.

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Planning behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions: a practical handbook


This handbook clarifies the concepts of behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions in the context of UNFPA programmes. Then followed by a brief presentation of some of the most common theoretical frameworks that serve to help gain an understanding of the processes that can influence health-related behaviours and a step-by-step guide on following a process or […]

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Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide


This guide is an evaluation strategy tool. It will be useful for those who already have a communication plan in place with clear objectives, messages, strategies and tactics. The guide walks users through a nine-step process for creating plans for monitoring and measuring their communications.

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Barriers to Family Planning Use in Malawi: Opportunities for Social and Behavior Change Communication


The study was conducted to generate evidence to inform the development of effective social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and the uptake of modern FP methods in Malawi. The study findings highlight that while progress in FP knowledge and use has been made in study […]

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Faith-Based Models for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health


The brief summarizes ways in which faith-based programs have effectively decreased maternal mortality rates. The publication reviews successful models of faith-based organizations including faith-based health networks, community health programs focusing on behavior change, congregation-based health programs, and comprehensive health care.

September 22, 2016


Caravan Report


This report is a result of a Participatory Learning Caravan on, Islam and Child Spacing, at the Kenyan coast carried out during the month of August 2015 organised by SUPKEM and Faith to Action Network in partnership with Al-Azhar University and in collaboration with the County Goverments of Momabasa, Kilifi and Lamu, with support from […]


Reducing maternal mortality: Actual and Potential Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and Communities.


Reducing maternal mortality requires measures to address both direct, obstetric complications of childbirth, as well as a range of indirect factors. Faith-inspired organizations as healthcare providers often work in rural or underserved communities, filling in gaps in public healthcare systems.

September 21, 2016


Global Forum of Faith-Based Organizations on Population and Development


In October 2008, more than 160 faith-based representatives from every region gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate faith-based partnerships, launch the Inter-Faith Network on Population and Development, and commit to future joint collaborations. The forum emphasized the power of faith-based organizations to effect change in local communities and sought ways to promote reproductive health and […]


A Call to Christian Common Ground on Family Planning, and Maternal, and Children’s Health


The document addresses the serious health crisis faced by women and families in the United around the world, including deaths in childbirth, unintended pregnancies and abortions. It is aimed at initiating widespread conversation and deliberation among evangelicals and others regarding family planning.


Faith and International Family Planning


This report explores the intersection of faith and family planning discussing, the diverse and extensive work of faith-inspired organizations (FIOs) and faith leaders in family planning efforts throughout developing nations, as well as the ways in which faith can affect family planning policy.


Involving Men in Reproductive Health: Contributions to Development


This paper outlines the key issues in involving men in reproductive health and presents a conceptual framework within which to consider male involvement efforts. The basic argument of this entire document is that men’s roles in sexual and reproductive health must be recognized, understood and addressed much more extensively than they have to date, and […]


Culture Matters: Working with Communities and Faith-based Organizations


Collaboration and partnerships between UNFPA and local power structures and institutions, including traditional leaders and faith-based and religious organizations often perceived as the community’s custodians of culture, have proved instrumental in neutralizing resistance and creating local ownership of the ICPD Programme of Action. These organizations have large numbers of constituents in public posts, including political […]


Culture matters: Lessons from a legacy of engaging faith-based organizations


UNFPA maps out and assesses the outcomes and best practices of the partnerships between UNFPA and FBOs in the areas of reproductive health and population.


Ensuring a level playing field: funding faith-based organisations to provide publicly funded services


This guidance deals with some common myths for local government on working with faith groups and is intended to deal with current confusion about these arrangements. At times there has been a reluctance or confusion on the part of some local authorities to commission services from faith-based groups and there are concerns among many groups […]


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