Plan knows that when we invest in the power and potential of women, the returns are seen in healthier and better educated girls and boys, stronger and more economically resilient families, and vibrant and thriving communities. That was why, in 2012, Plan acquired the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), a leading international women’s NGO, and its globally recognized women’s leadership programs. CEDPA was one of the first international development organizations to focus specifically on women’s issues, and its history, achievements, expertise, and tools have added strength and breadth to Plan’s mission, programming, and reach.
Founded in 1975 as a grassroots reproductive health organization, CEDPA’s mission was to equip and mobilize women and girls to achieve gender equality. For 37 years, the organization worked towards a world in which women and girls were able to fulfill their dreams, free from the constraints of poverty and inequality and in which their full worth was realized and valued. CEDPA’s approach was to work hand-in-hand with leaders, local partners, and national and international organizations to give people the tools they need to improve their lives, families, and communities. The organization’s programs increased educational opportunities for girls and youth; ensured access to lifesaving reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information and services; and strengthened women’s ability to become leaders in their communities and nations. In addition, through sub-grants and technical assistance to local partners, CEDPA strengthened community organizations for lasting change. The organization awarded nearly $100 million in sub-grants to local organizations and women’s groups throughout its history.
Plan acquired CEDPA because of its extraordinary reputation and experience in gender and women-focused programming. Plan’s goal was to strengthen its visibility as a gender-focused organization, integrate women’s leadership as a new cross-cutting area, and grow its reproductive health project portfolio. To that end, Plan retained CEDPA project staff and programs and continues to implement these today. The programs include:
The Better Life Options and Opportunities Model (BLOOM) – BLOOM is an integrated and holistic approach to improving the lives of young people; it has implemented successfully in a range of countries and contexts, using a diverse set of methodologies.
Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) - TSHIP is a USAID-funded project implemented in Sokoto and Bauchi states in northern Nigeria to increase the use of high-impact integrated interventions in maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning/reproductive health (MNCH, FP/RH). The TSHIP consortium is led by John Snow International (JSI) in collaboration with Jhpiego, Management Strategies for Africa (MSA), Futures Group, and Plan International USA.
Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Development (LEAD) – Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Development (LEAD) is a five-year, USAID-funded local governance program led by RTI International to build accountable and effective local government.
Tekponon Jikuagou: Addressing Unmet Need for Family Planning Through Social Networks - Tekponon Jikuagou is a USAID-funded project focused on assessing the influence of men and women’s social networks on their attitudes, beliefs, desires, intentions, and behaviors regarding fertility and reproductive health. Under the project, Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health is the primary implementing organization, while Plan and CARE provide technical resources for testing and implementing network-based interventions that address unmet need for family planning.
MacArthur Safe Motherhood Nigeria Program - To advance reproductive and maternal health in a country where a woman has a one in 18 chance of dying during childbirth, Plan International Nigeria leads the MacArthur Safe Motherhood Nigeria program to promote interventions to reduce barriers to safe motherhood, with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Global Women in Management Program – Funded by the ExxonMobil Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative for more than a decade, the program strengthens women’s management, leadership, and technical skills to enhance and bring to scale programs that advance women’s economic opportunities and build the next generation of women business leaders and entrepreneurs.