Country Caucuses

The 2013 Women Deliver Conference presented a unique opportunity to bring together civil society advocates, program implementers, and policymakers to discuss critical policy and resource issues relative to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and to jointly identify opportunities to harness the momentum generated by the global convening to accelerate change in their individual countries.

A committee of representatives from international health and development organizations coordinated a series of country and state caucuses to provide a platform where national or state advocacy priorities were addressed in a collaborative manner by civil society delegates and government representatives. The organizations—led by PATH—were CARE, Family Care International, Management Sciences for Health, Population Action International, Population Services International, White Ribbon Alliance, Women Deliver, and World Vision International. Each caucus was led by a local facilitator nominated by the committee.

Several caucuses included participation of the national ministers of health and finance/or elected members of parliament. The caucus meetings represented Ethiopia, India/Uttar Pradesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, and gathered 260 participants in dialogue and collective planning to address key issues for improving RMNCH in their own countries and states.

To read the full outcome document, click here.