The Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE), a volunteer-based Association established in 1966, has been working with solid commitment to contribute to the national effort to fulfill these entitlements. Indeed, FGAE pioneered Family Planning (FP) services and tested different innovative approaches (including youth-friendly, community and workplace-based) to meet the growing demand for modern FP and other SRH services targeting under-served and marginalized segments of the population. FGAE, now registered as an Ethiopian Residents Charity Organization (under certificate number 0475), is also an accredited member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Furthermore, FGAE is locally a member of the Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA); Consortium of Reproductive Health Associations (CORHA) and the Consortium of Population, Health and Environment (COPHE).
Over the last five decades, FGAE’s services have expanded from a single-room clinic run by one nurse to a network of 55 integrated SRH service delivery facilities including one GynObs Specialty Clinic, eight higher, 13 Medium and eight Confidential (Sex-workers Friendly) SRH Clinics; 25 youth centers, more than 200 outreach sites and 186 franchised clinics operating in almost all regions of the country coordinated and managed by eight Area Offices throughout the country. The Association has 648 employees and more than 8,000 program and policy volunteers. The SRH context is fast changing amidst the volatile socio-economic dynamics in the world today. Key issues include access to services, gender inequality and service quality, among others. As the current Strategic Plan of the Association is coming to an end in December 2015, FGAE engaged a consultancy firm to facilitate the development of its seventh Strategic Plan for the period 2016-2020 through a fully participatory process. The initiation of the new SP was informed by the findings from the mid-term review (MTR) of the 2013-2015 SP; existing and unfolding global and in-country developments in Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights.