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What is the IBP Initiative?

The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) initiative is a unique international partnership dedicated to scaling up what works in family planning and other areas of reproductive health. The partnership was initiated in 1999 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and nine cooperating agencies. Its membership has now grown to more 45 member organizations that include donors, international technical assistance organizations, regional and national partners. 


The IBP consortium engages the global SRH community to implement and scale up effective practices and global guidelines through its convening power and neutral platform for knowledge-sharing and collaboration. 


Global SRH guidelines and effective practices are disseminated, implemented and scaled up to improve reproductive health outcomes around the world. 

Core principles and values

IBP was founded to address a number of challenges in the global reproductive health community, including duplication of effort, minimal collaboration, ineffective knowledge exchange and limited scale-up of practices that work. Responding to these issues, IBP operates by the following core principles:

  • demonstrates a dynamic model of global cooperation among organizations that minimizes duplication of effort, maximizes the use of resources, and promotes the rapid adoption of proven effective strategies and practices;
  • respects the diversity of circumstances in individual countries and works collaboratively with other members of the consortium and local colleagues to introduce and support the implementation of appropriate, IBP-identified effective practices and strategies;
  • develops and fosters a style of interaction among IBP member organizations characterized by open communication and responsiveness to collaborative efforts at the centre of meeting global goals;
  • fosters active participation of all members and encourages country-level engagement;
  • maximizes the use of technology for the most efficient knowledge exchange;
  • uses a robust monitoring and accountability mechanism to ensure objectives of the strategy are being achieved.

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You can participate in the various global technical meetings and consultations, IBP convenes. In addition, there are a number of regional activities that rely on our member’s expertise and knowledge. In addition, the IBP Secretariat coordinates the work of the task teams. for more information, please contact the IBP Secretariat 

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As a partnership: 

IBP harnesses the power of partnership to share and exchange knowledge globally, to foster change and scale-up locally to improve family planning/reproductive health.  The goal of the partnership is to work at global and country level to expand and sustain an effective network of collaborating international and national organizations and institutes willing to harmonize approaches, reduce duplication and support the implementation and scaling up of best practices to improve sexual and reproductive health.


As a concept:

As a concept, IBP asserts the crucial importance of continuously identifying, adapting, and scaling up practices demonstrated to improve reproductive health and the quality of service delivery. It contends that this process deserves organized, coordinated effort and concerted support. In other words, collaborative energy needs to focus on identifying what works and taking that to scale rather than reinventing it in every locale. IBP declares that, in the progression from research to practice, the last mile is just as important as the first. 

The IBP concept is simple: if we work in partnership, if we work collaboratively, we reduce duplication, harmonize approaches and can accelerate reaching common goals.


As an organization:

IBP members are organizations offering technical assistance, materials, and, in some cases, funding to support reproductive health care in countries around the world. Many more organizations and agencies in countries participate in activities organized under the IBP banner. These include government ministries, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, community organizations and health professionals’ organizations.  

IBP does not provide funding to IBP partners. Partners are expected to identify activities in their own programs of work that are synergistic with those of the IBP program of work. Partners will collaboratively seek funding  for specific activities that enhance our capacity to support countries implement and scale up effective practices in family planning/reproductive health.


As a network:

As a network, IBP consists of and connects reproductive health professionals, policy-makers and advocates in their countries, their regions and worldwide. With this connection, they can share their knowledge both face-to-face and virtually using appropriate technology. As a partnership we work at the global and country levels to network with networks. We do not want to duplicate partnerships but rather to work in collaboration with each other at the global level and the Ministry of Health of in-countries to bring together organizations and agencies working in the field of reproductive health.

Our aim is to develop collaborative networks willing to work together to identify, document and share proven effective managerial and technical best practices. These are then used as basis for fostering skills in the management of change to scale-up effective practices and improve reproductive health.


As a way of working:

As a way of working, IBP recognizes the importance of creating networks, drawing on their knowledge, and building on their experience. These principles of networking and building on experience are fundamental to learning  and to improving performance. IBP exemplifies egalitarian collaboration. IBP believes that everyone has knowledge and experience worth sharing, everyone has something to learn, everyone can contribute to improved performance, and everyone deserves credit for their contribution.

Collaboration among people and organizations with complementary strengths and different perspectives produces greater results than working independently and without communication. 

IBP’s way of working is in keeping with the tenets of Knowledge Management:

  • Growing the IBP partnership
  • Evolving strategy
  • Fostering change
  • Working collaboratively in support of ministries of health
  • Developing methods and tools for sharing knowledge in and among countries.


As a commitment:

As a consortium we have made a commitment to:

  • Reduce duplication of efforts, harmonize approaches
  • Support synergies that accelerate the achievement of common goals
  • Improve the documentation, introduction, adaptation, utilization and scaling-up of evidence-based and proven effective practices
  • Support the Ministry of Health in networking locally and co-ordinating the implementation
  • Foster innovation and creativity, support champions and advocacy,
  • Strengthen leadership and the management of change
  • Provide in-country support, mentorship and follow-up
  • Improve access to and the use of information and create a culture of sharing and exchanging of knowledge and experience to improve practice.

What is the IBP Initiative?

IBP is a uniquely interactive partnership through which policy makers, program managers, implementing organizations and providers are able to identify and apply evidence-based and proven effective practices to improve family planning/reproductive health outcomes worldwide. The initiative is run by a consortium of partners that use proven effective practices in change management to implement and scale up effective clinical practices and programmatic approaches. 

IBP partners support the transfer and exchange of knowledge, evidence-based practices, proven effective practices, experience and lessons learned in and among countries. This approach provides the building blocks for developing regional and country collaborative networks and formulating strategies and approaches that help to introduce, adapt, and scale-up proven effective practices that will improve access to, and quality of reproductive health. 

IBP is dedicated to catalyzing change and scaling-up what works to improve family planning/reproductive health. We support performance improvement and change management techniques that facilitate the implementation, scaling-up and sustained utilization of effective practices in reproductive health. We offer an outstanding opportunity for organizations and agencies in the field of reproductive health to identify common activities and work collaboratively to share their expertise, reduce duplication of effort, harmonize approaches and accelerate scaling up what works. We are linked not by donor funds but rather by a commitment to work collaboratively to take to scale effective practices to improve reproductive health.

Download the About IBP document here.  

The World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research (WHO/RHR), in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), supports a growing partnership of international agencies known as the IBP Consortium. 

Contact the secretariat by emailing Suzanne Reiers, IBP Secretariat at WHO/RHR: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In 1999, the partnership started with WHO, Department of Reproductive Health (WHO/RHR) and the then Department of Organization and Health Systems (WHO/OSD). Through surveys, literature reviews and consultations with international partners, the partnership sought to answer the question, “Is there a gap between the knowledge we generate and how it is received, used and applied in practice?".

In early 2000, ten international agencies met with WHO/RHR and analysed the literature review and the lessons learned through country experience. Together they developed the first IBP strategy to support the effective dissemination, adaptation and utilization of technical tools and guidelines. This became known as the DAU Process - Disseminate, Adapt, and Utilize

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