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 leaders, policy makers, civil servants, academicians and media specialists who are involved daily in determining social and economic priorities, allocating resources and influencing public opinion. In addition, religious organizations have large networks of schools, health clinics and income-generating activities that reach villages and towns. In countries where partnerships with these structures and institutions were formed, UNFPA was able to mainstream reproductive health concerns and services into many of these networks.