Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is an intergovernmental initiative created specifically for the purpose of expanding and improving South-to-South collaboration in the fields of reproductive health, population, and development. PPD was launched at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when ten developing countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America formed an intergovernmental alliance to help implement the Cairo Program of Action (POA). This POA, endorsed by 179 nations, stresses the need to establish mechanisms to promote development through the sharing of experiences in reproductive health (RH) and family planning (FP) within and among countries and to promote effective partnerships among the governments, Non- Governmental-Organizations (NGOs), research institutions and the private sector.
During the five-year review of the implementation of the POA (“Cairo+5”), representatives at the June 1999 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly not only documented renewed commitment to the goals of the ICPD, but also encouraged intensified support of South- South Collaboration.
PPD is governed by a Board consisting mainly of Ministers of Health, Population and Social Development from the Member States. The leadership of the Board consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer elected by the Board for a three years term and who constitute the Executive Committee of the organization. The Board meets once each year to discuss the governance, policy, programmatic and financial issues while the Executive Committee meets once between the Board Meetings to provide guidance to and evaluate the achievements of the organization. The By-Laws signed by each member state regulate the governance and functioning of the organization
Since its inception PPD has acquired considerable support and commitment from different donors, foundations and other stakeholders including The Rockefeller Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Netherlands Government, UNFPA, The European Commission, DFID, World Bank, Ford Foundation, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and many other organizations. In over a decade PPD has mobilized 24.0 million US Dollars, both for core and program activities.
The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the main sponsors of PPD Fund, contributed the highest amount, 27% of the total fund, which was mainly for core support in the initial years. The Gates Foundation also provided an extended support of 19% of the total fund both in core and program activities. Packard is yet another sponsor of the PPD fund contributing a significant amount of 17% to the total fund, and they continue to be one of the sponsors of PPD Fund. PPD has also got substantial support from many other organizations like UNFPA, The Netherlands Government and The European Commission. PPD mobilizes resources mostly from donors and foundations which account for 89.0% of the total fund mobilized, mainly dedicated for program support. Member States contributed 10.56% to PPD total fund which is fully used for core activities.
PPD Funders since its inception are:
-The Rockefeller Foundation
-Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
-The World Bank
-The European Commission
-Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
-The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
-The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
-The Government of Netherlands
-The Ford Foundation
-PATH- Mellon Grant
-Population Communication, USA
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