New and/or increased resources are committed to FP in the last two years
New and/or increased resources are committed to family planning (FP) at
the national and/or subnational level in the last two years. These are not limited to financial resources, but can also be material such as additional doctors, new facilities, mass media, furniture, and vehicles. Resources can
derive from many sources including, national/subnational governments, NGOs, donors, individuals, foundations, etc.
Commitment refers to the creation of a budget line item or other pronouncement that resources will be made available for a specific purpose. Financial, human, and other types of resources may be committed to different activities/needs/clinics/geographical locations based on evidence and information, modeling, advocacy and policy dialogue, a costing exercise, or part of a policy or operational plan.
There are several possible mechanisms to increase the pool of resources available for health-related activities: line items in budgets, money from government budgets, donor funds, taxes, user fees, privatization, community-based financing, and health insurance schemes, among others.
Evidence of the number of times additional resources were committed to
Budgets, line items, resource tracking tools (National Health Accounts, etc.), plans or planning tools, invoices, donor records, expenditure records, orders, other evidence of original commitment and new resources, human resources records, procurement records; donations, letters, records, or other data sources to capture non-monetary donations; document reviews; policy analyses; key informant interviews to link the increase in FP resources to project/repositioning work.
Sustainability is a significant factor in repositioning FP efforts. As more money is placed into country budgets for FP, and a more varied financial support base for the work is created, there is likely to be an increase in stability of FP availability. This indicator tracks support for FP in both monetary and in-kind donations (supplies, etc.) and is useful for assessing the extent to which FP is valued, and has been repositioned at the national or subnational level. This indicator is similar to Total resources spent on FP (by source and by activity/program area) and Total resources allocated to family planning (by source and activity/program area). However, those indicators take a broad look at overall FP budgets and resources, and are useful in gathering information about where resources come from and what programs are being funded. This indicator is less concerned about source or purpose, but rather is meant to capture any recent increase of resources. It could be seen as a first step in the resource allocation process.
In some countries, financial information may be difficult to obtain, which will compromise the ability to track this indicator. The link between repositioning efforts and funding may also be difficult to establish. Although commitment of resources is an important step in implementation, it does not automatically imply that the commitment was actualized and the resources were used as planned. Therefore, this indicator should be seen as a step in the process which ultimately leads to the achievement of the indicator, Evidence of FP policies implemented, resources allocated and subsequently used in relation to the same FP policies.