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Coalition meets to assess Organisational Effectiveness
As a part of the Organisational Effectiveness (OE) exercise of the Advocating Reproductive Choices (ARC) Coalition the core committee members met on May 28, 2018 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The objective of this OE exercise was to strengthen the ARC Coalition as a civil society focal point to accelerate collective efforts to meet the FP2020 mandate. The meeting focused on sharing the initial findings from the OE exercise, framing next level goals for ARC Coalition, discussion on the future shape of Secretariat and State Chapters.Participants in the meeting acknowledged the role of ARC Coalition in FP2020 and recognised the necessity to continue the State Chapters with improved capacity building and role clarity. Another round of brainstorming exercise will take place soon, to finalise the strategy and define a roadmap for the Coalition to perform. The meeting was attended by representatives from Abt Associates, Family Planning Association of India, JANANI, Population Foundation of India, Population Health Services India, Parivar Seva Sansthan and representatives from Children Investment Fund Foundation, Packard Foundation, USAID, State ARC Secretariats and State coordinators.

At the recently concluded FP2020 Summit in London in July 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) reaffirmed its commitment to enable access to and improve the choice and quality of family planning services.

World Population Day, which draws attention to the urgency and importance of population issues, was observed in Jaipur, on 11th July, 2017. The ARC Rajasthan State Chapter was an active participant in the commemoration organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DoHFW), Rajasthan.

The ARC Coalition held a meeting on 30 June, 2017 to discuss the FP2020 Country Action Plan and identify specific areas where it could support the government in its implementation. Additionally, it sought to share the feedback of the ARC Assessment Study.

The ARC General Body Meeting (GBM) was hosted by the Population Foundation of India (PFI), the national secretariat of ARC, in close association with its 8 Core Committee members – Abt Associates, Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), Population Health Services India (PHSI), Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India.