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Projecting the impact of Family Planning on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Palladium-led, USAID-funded Health Policy Plus project developed a new model, in collaboration with its project partner Avenir Health, to simulate the effects of Family Planning methods to achieve the SDGs.

Ensuring universal access to family planning has been identified as a key priority for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and as one of the most cost-effective SDG targets. Amidst uncertain donor funding, and an increased need for domestic investment, the Health Policy Plus project developed the Family Planning-Sustainable Development Goals (FP-SDGs) Model, which allows users to simulate the effects of family planning on a variety of health and non-health SDG indicators. Projected SDG outcomes include poverty, food security, child stunting, education, water and sanitation services, income, and child labor, and more.

The FP-SDGs Model is an evidence-based advocacy tool that projects medium- and long-term effects of three different family planning scenarios, capturing the significant impact that contraceptive use has on SDG achievement. The model can be applied in any country, and allows users to design multiple scenarios to show how investments in family planning, education, and the economy can accelerate progress toward the SDGs. By showcasing the benefits of contraceptive use related to health, society, and the economy, the model provides evidence that supports investments in family planning at national and subnational levels.

Results from country-level applications of the model enable users to:

  • Make the case for family planning financial investments and policy and programmatic improvements
  • Mainstream family planning across development sectors
Visit our Health Policy Plus website to use the model and learn more.