The Ouagadougou Partnership (OP) was founded in 2011 by Ministers of Health of
Francophone nations in West Africa and donor institutions working on reproductive health.
The goal was to increase attention and resources for family planning in the region by building
stronger collaboration among countries and donors.
Since its founding, the OP has helped to double the number of users of modern contraception
across its nine member countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali,
Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Indeed, the OP has provided a forum for experts to
exchange ideas and data, for policy makers to align their efforts across and within countries,
and for international donors to coordinate and increase their financial support. As one sign of
ongoing commitment, each donor institution that has joined the OP has maintained or
increased their funding for family planning in the region each year, and each member country
has gradually increased its commitments. Currently, donor spending amounts to
approximately $165 million annually, and country governments exceed such spending with in-
kind contributions (e.g., direct funding for programs and supplies, personnel, and research
Beginning in 2021, the OP is launching an updated strategy to help countries, donors, and
implementing partners meet their reproductive health goals in OP countries, including by
2030 to once again double the number of users of modern contraception in the region.
The OP has been supported by a small Coordination Unit (the OPCU) based in Dakar,
Senegal which organizes OP events, leads activities on the ground, coordinates partners in
countries, and programs some donor funding for select purposes. This request for
proposals seeks an institution to gradually assume responsibility as institutional host
and support service provider (including but not limited to grants management,
accounting, human resources, facilities, and IT) to the OPCU. The applicant will work
directly with the Hewlett and Gates Foundations to program millions of dollars of funding for
the coordination of family planning efforts in West Africa each year, will support a team of
ambitious and accomplished family planning leaders in Dakar, and will encounter numerous
other private foundation, bilateral, and multilateral organizations that work with the
Partnership.These services have previously been provided by the U.S.-based NGO IntraHealth
International, which has agreed to transition their responsibilities during calendar year 2021 to
a West African-based entity to further localize the Partnership in the region it serves.
IntraHealth will gradually transition responsibility for support services during 2021 and will
serve as the host during the transition phase, as further described below. Assuming strong
performance during the 2021 transition period, the applicant will take sole responsibility for
providing these services in 2022 and beyond with grant funding from the OPCU’s sponsors.