Bridging the gap to FP2020: Evidence to accelerate progress toward meeting the need for family planning

Pippa Ranger Dept International Development

To coincide with the 2017 Family Planning Summit, the School, the Population Council, and Marie Stopes International is hosting a research symposium.

The symposium is in collaboration with the DFID-funded Research Programme consortium Strengthening Evidence for Programming for Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP) and the Maternal Healthcare Markets Evaluation Team (MET).

The research symposium will:

  • Share the latest evidence on unmet need for family planning,
  • Review evidenced-informed programming for addressing unmet need for family planning,
  • Discuss a research agenda aligned to the global architecture for family planning.

Join academics, implementers, donors, governments, and civil society for invigorating presentations and discussions on the state of evidence, programme innovation, and the research agenda to bridge the gap to FP2020.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Ian Askew, Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation/HRP
  • Julia Bunting OBE, President, Population Council
  • Dr Gilda Sedgh, Principal Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute
  • Dr Harriet Birungi, Senior Associate and Country Director, Population Council
  • Prof John Cleland CBE, Emeritus Professor of Medical Demography, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Saumya RamaRao, Senior Associate, Reproductive Health Program, Population Council
  • Prof Sally Theobald, Chair in Social Science and International Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, MSD for Mothers
  • Effiom Nyong Effiom, Country Director, Marie Stopes Nigeria


12:00-12:20: Registration and light lunch

12:20-12:25: Introduction to the Research Symposium

12:25-13:55: Session 1: Understanding unmet need for family planning

14:15-15:55: Session 2: Addressing unmet needs through programme innovation

16:10-16:45: Panel discussion: A research agenda and the international architecture for family planning


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Image Credit: Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development/2011


Free to attend but registration is required



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