Civil society groups, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), can play a critical role in holding governments and other stakeholders accountable to global as well as regional and national commitments. Civil society groups can demand policy reform, appropriate investment and tracking of funding, and measurement and publication of health outcomes.

FCI’s MACS project works in countries and at the global level to strengthen civil society’s voice, and to build civil society organizations’ capacity to advocate for fulfillment of commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and other frameworks.
The MACS project:
  • Ensures civil society’s engagement as an equal partner in global accountability processes of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health and the independent Expert Review Group
  • Helps shape transparent, inclusive national accountability processes, and Country Accountability Frameworks (CAFs) that incorporate civil society perspectives
  • Convenes national reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) advocacy alliances, working across the continuum of care 
At the global level, FCI and partners are working to harmonize and support civil society engagement to exchange information on global accountability initiatives, forge consensus on common messages, and develop innovative strategies to disseminate messages and reach key target groups. 
At the country level, FCI and partners are working in Burkina Faso and Kenya to:
  • Map and document the current advocacy and policy landscape;
  • Build skills through workshops and South-to-South exchange;
  • Facilitate development of national strategic advocacy plans;
  • Support civil society in conducting policy advocacy;
  • Participate in national accountability mechanisms.

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