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Malawi context analysis for accountability interventions to support the delivery of commitments to increase family planning by 2020
This country brief is part of a series of briefs produced by Action2020, a consortium led by Christian Aid and implemented by Christian Aid, Plan International UK and the HIV/AIDS Alliance. It follows an in-depth investigation into the context and opportunities for civil society-led accountability on family planning in 10 countries, with a focus on the commitments made by Governments as part of FP2020’s global initiative to meet the need of an additional 120 million new contraceptive users by 2020. Each brief provides a country-specific overview of the context for family planning commitments - the power, politics, and potential for accountability interventions related to these commitments – and proposes recommendations for accountability interventions related to these commitments. A general note on Lessons Learned in FP Accountability accompanies this series.
Malawi has been lauded for adopting many of the necessary policies and strategies and is on track to achieve the overall contraceptive coverage rate of 60% by 2020. Despite this, the real challenge lies in reaching more marginalized groups such as youth, where there is a significant unmet need, and in the lack of control and choice for women due to unequal gender power relations. For these groups, there are few political or institutional incentives to push forward coordinated and well-resourced programs that can make a significant step forward for Malawi - due to deeply rooted cultural issues and fragmented institutional set-up.