Population Services International (PSI) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) held their end of project meeting for the Support for International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) projects on September 18, 2015 in Washington D.C.
The two SIFPO projects, awarded to MSI and PSI respectively, were five-year global cooperative agreements (2010-2015) designed to increase access to and utilization of voluntary, high quality family planning (FP) services around the world. Through core support and Mission buy-ins, SIFPO-MSI and SIFPO-PSI supported high quality FP programming while strengthening organizational capacity and local leadership to support sustained contribution to FP 2020 goals.
The purpose of the end of project meeting was to share accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned through the five-year implementation of SIFPO-MSI and SIFPO-PSI and outline how SIFPO2 will build on key activities and learnings.
The meeting was hosted by PSI and MSI executive leadership, senior management, and SIFPO project staff from London and Washington D.C. headquarters, as well as country programs. The meeting was attended by key USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) staff, Global Health Bureau staff, including Ellen Starbird, Director, PRH, Ann Hirschey (Chief, Service Delivery Improvement Division, PRH), and Agreement Officer’s Representatives (AORs) for the SIFPO-MSI and SIFPO-PSI projects, Marguerite Farrell and Elaine Menotti, among other USAID attendees. The meeting was well attended by the broader global health community, yielding more than 160 participants in person and joining via webinar.
The final report with highlights from the meeting can be downloaded here.