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  Tékponon Jikuagou has developed and tested a scalable package of social network activities to engage men and women in discussion and reflection about unmet need for family planning. The package works with and through influential and connected network actors who may be more effective in diffusing new ideas and mobilizing public dialogue than formal leaders or health workers alone. Based on the successful pilot that demonstrated the effectiveness of the approach, this How-To...
The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change is a network of experts committed to facilitating collaboration between organizations and individuals working on adolescent and youth norms-shifting interventions. Members are working collectively to build knowledge and tools to promote and guide effective social norm theory, measurement, and practice. To this end, we have developed a series of blogs to clarify some of the key concepts in social norms work.
This month, IRH traveled to the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda. We shared a number of exciting presentations, panels and posters, highlighting our recent research, programs and lessons learned.
Acknowledging that decades of programming to promote greater access to information and services have not closed the gap between unmet and met need, Tékponon Jikuagou guides communities to shift social norms surrounding family planning and leads to new ideas, attitudes, and behaviors that support family planning use. Pilot results showed that exposure to Tékponon Jikuagou led to statistically significant increases in couple communication and family planning use. Importantly, the pilot results...
Tékponon Jikuagou is a low-cost package of activities that relies on existing social networks to diffuse new ideas in support of family planning. It works with communities’ own resources, is easily added to existing development projects and portfolios, and is beneficial to both participating communities and implementing agencies. We know from extensive research throughout the project that the Tékponon Jikuagou package is effective. In the Benin context, where unmet need was high and social...
“Moving from theory to practice: A participatory social network mapping approach to address unmet need for family planning in Benin,” published in Global Public Health, details the participatory social network mapping methodology used in the Tékponon Jikuagou project. Tékponon Jikuagou used social network theory to identify influential members of the community who would be able to disseminate new ideas about family planning. Community members identified individuals and groups in their...
In Sub-Saharan Africa, significant resources have been allocated for family planning programs, ranging from service improvement to policy advocacy activities, from mass media campaigns to peer education, and from strengthening contraceptive supply chains to expanding contraceptive choice. Yet, unmet need for FP remains high and sustained FP use remains elusive. In Benin, the situation is similar: modern FP uptake is low (9%) and unmet need for FP hovers at around 33%, despite multiple...
Family planning programs are often directed toward women. They usually give little attention to the way that traditional gender norms—societal and cultural expectations of what it means to be a man or a woman—impact modern method use.
Developed by the Tekponon Jikuagou Project: Addressing Unmet Need for Family Planning through Social Networks in Benin The Community Social Mapping Tool is a set of exercises that are facilitated with community groups by project field agents to identify, list and select social groups and influential persons in communities to help the Tekponon Jikuagou team make the best decisions possible in terms of selecting two to three socially-influential groups and three to five socially-influential...