Indonesian Mayors Invest in Family Planning
This brief case study describes the advocacy efforts behind recent district-level budget increases for family planning in Indonesia. From 2010 to 2013, mayors in five Indonesian districts increased their budgets for family planning substantially, prompted by evidence on the returns for their investment. The budget increases ranged from 20 percent in Bandung to nearly 80 percent in Pontianak. Advocates in the districts used an approach developed and facilitated by the Advance Family Planning initiative to gather and synthesize the evidence for increasing allocations and presented it to the mayors. The advocates found that policymakers have the incentive to act when the case for family planning is made with specificity about the risks and rewards of taking action. This case study is part of a series to showcase the advocacy activities behind a “quick win” or policy advancement.