The Learning Center Initiative recognizes the outstanding leadership capabilities of member associations in the different focus areas namely access to family planning and contraception, adolescent and youth programming, integration of sexual and reproductive health services and HIV/AIDS including gender rights and sexuality, provision of safe abortion services, logistics management of commodities and good practices in governance.
To capitalize on different member associations strengths the Region embarked on this initiative in 2006 with the aim of providing south to south learning between member associations but this evolved and the focus has since changed.
The initial selection included the member associations of: Cameroun for integration of gender, rights and sexuality into their programs; Uganda for increasing access to family planning and contraception; and good practices of governance; Ghana and Mozambique for adolescent and young people programming.
The region quickly realized that using this initiative could transform the member associations from providers of services to enablers creating a pull effect in-country especially in the area of service delivery models. This then informed the next selection of countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Swaziland, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire.