Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is an Inter-Governmental organization formed during the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 for promoting South-South Cooperation in the field of Reproductive Health, Population, and Development. PPD started with 10 founding Member Countries (Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia and Zimbabwe).
PPD currently has a membership of 25 developing countries (Bangladesh, Benin, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe), that are home to over 57% of the world’s population. PPD reflects the international acceptance of South-South Cooperation (SSC) as a vital means towards attainment of universal access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and sustainable development.
An Inter-Governmental Alliance leading the promotion of South-South Cooperation towards attainment of the global population and RH agenda for sustainable development.
PPD, an Inter-Governmental Alliance of developing countries is committed to improving the quality of life of people through sustained advocacy, capacity building, networking, knowledge sharing and management and transfer of technology in the field of reproductive health, population and development within the framework of South-South Cooperation.
PPD has four priority areas which are the central pillars of its Strategic Plan:
- ALIGN with member countries’ priorities:
The Alliance aligns and is responsive to Member Countries’ priorities in RH and rights, including Family Planning (FP) and HIV/AIDS, and Population and Development.
- ADVOCATE for the alliance and its priorities:
The Alliance advocates for the promotion of RH, Population and Development program through South-South Cooperation.
- ALLIANCES building at all levels:
The Alliance builds networks, reinforces partnership and enhances Coalition Building to promote the ICPD Program of Action (PoA) and MDGs.
- ASSETS creation and consolidation for the Alliance’s sustainability:
The Alliance strives to increase its financial base and assets for supporting South-South Cooperation activities in a sustainable way, by diversifying its sources of funding and increasing its capital assets.
The value added of PPD
PPD is a unique southern-led and southern-run Inter-Governmental organization that is focused on South-South Collaboration for RH, Population and Development.
- PPD Governance Board is comprised of high level policy makers including Cabinet Ministers (of the Ministries of Health, Population, Planning, Finance, etc.). They provide needed political goodwill and financial commitment required for enabling policy and accessible RH/FP and Population program. They are key advocates at national, regional and global levels for advancing the SRHR agenda towards achieving universal access to RH and sustainable development.
- PPD has a well established South-South Country Coordinating mechanism. Each member country has a designated focal person, usually a senior government official (at the level of a Joint Secretary or Director in the respective sectoral ministries) who works with the Board Member for providing leadership and coordinating South-South Cooperation activities.
- In each Member Country, PPD has a National Task Force for South-South Cooperation (NTFSSC). The NTFSSC has an inclusive membership of ‘like-minded’ key stakeholders in the SRHR, Population and Development arena including donors, public sector, UN agencies, civil society and private sector. The NTFSSC is instrumental in prioritizing key country context policy and program advocacy agenda as well as fostering partnerships for sharing best practices, resources and technical expertise for SRHR, Population and Development programming.
- PPD works with 21 Partner Institutions (PIs) that are national, regional training and research institutions in Asia, Africa, Middle-East and Latin-America (list of PIs is available on the PPD website), to promote and build national capacity in management, leadership, operations research, policy and advocacy and exchange of South-South expertise and resources for RH/FP and Population programs in it’s member countries.
- PPD facilitates and coordinates Regional Networks (based on regional economies) to actualize scaling-up and expansion of best practices in SHRH, among its member and non-member countries.
- PPD works with networks of Parliamentarian Committees on Health and Population to advocate for political and financial commitment as well as to advance the national, regional and global SRHR and population agenda for sustainable development.
PPD Governance Structure
- PPD is governed by a Board constituted of Members (Cabinet Minister or his/her representative, appointed by each Member Country).
- The Board appoints an Executive Committee comprised of a Chairperson (Cabinet Minister), Vice Chair (Cabinet Minister), Secretary (Cabinet Minister or his/her designate), Treasurer (Cabinet Minister or his/her designate) and three other Board Members (Cabinet Ministers or designates).
- The Board appoints a Program, Planning and Development Committee. The Chairperson is a Board Member who is a Cabinet Minister and the Vice-Chair is the Board Secretary.
- The Board also appoints a Finance and Risk Management Committee. The Chairperson is a Board Member who is a Cabinet Minister and the Vice-Chair is the Board Treasurer.
The current Membership of the Governance Board and Committees are available on the PPD website (www.partners-popdev.org).