This United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded $1.2 million project aims to develop and test a scalable package of social network activities to engage men and women in discussion and reflection about unmet need for family planning. Under the project, Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health is the primary implementing organization, while Plan International and CARE provide technical resources for testing and implementing network-based interventions that address unmet need for family planning. The package of activities works with and through influential and connected network actors who may be more effective in diffusing new ideas and mobilizing public dialogue than formal leaders or health workers alone. The intervention aims to increase acceptability of discussions concerning family size and family planning use. It also aims to create an enabling environment for family planning use by increasing the perception that social network members approve of family planning use.
There were two phases to the project, a pilot and scale up phase. The pilot phase was carried out in a total of 90 villages (45 with Plan, 45 with CARE) for the development and testing of the intervention package. The second phase focused on scaling up the intervention package in Couffo. Plan managed this process via two local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 44 villages: CRAIB and DBDIBA. The project’s goal is to expand successful social networks interventions to additional communities throughout Benin, and if possible, West Africa.
- USAID/Prime: Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health
- Project Start Date
- November 2012
- Project End Date
- September 2016
- Technical Areas Covered
- Family Planning; Gender