The Motion Tracker is a civil society-led approach for strengthening accountability and driving action to achieve commitments. It is a customized, dynamic framework for strengthening accountability and drive action by keeping commitments visible and highlighting progress while fostering partner participation, engagement and ownership to address bottlenecks to achieving commitments.

Originally developed by Ugandan Civil Society Organization (CSO) Samasha for the Ugandan context, HP+ supported the tool’s scale-up from Uganda to Tanzania and Zambia- that has since been replicated in other countries (with support from PMNCH, BMGF and OPCU). By applying the Motion Tracker’s six steps to strengthen accountability and drive action, joint civil society action has supported government processes in each country, moving each closer to achieving their respective FP2020 commitments with specific, measurable, and timely goals.

The Motion Tracker focuses on developing local ownership, strong relationships between all stakeholders, and transparent agreement on commitments and the action required to meet them.

Why do Governments need to be held accountable 

In 2012, world leaders at the London Summit on Family Planning made commitments toward a global goal of enabling 120 million additional women and girls to use modern contraceptives by 2020. These Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) commitments were renewed in July 2017 to take collective action for accelerating progress. While FP2020 commitments were made on the global stage, action must occur at the local level and across multiple sectors to ensure success. Local partners, including civil society, must be able to monitor progress toward achieving the global commitments to promote government accountability and ownership. 

FP2030 is the successor to FP2020, a global initiative that ran from 2012 to 2020. FP2030 focuses on a variety of issues in order to increase access to rights-based, voluntary Family Planning, regardless of where someone lives, age, gender, marital status, physical ability or orientation. FP2030 seeks to maximize contributions by civil society to accelerate progress towards achieving FP2030 and Sustainable Development Goals. FP2030’s success requires building strong and sustainable partnerships between governments and civil society organizations (CSOS), strengthening the role of civil society groups in promoting family planning, and holding governments accountable for the commitments they have made through FP2030.

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The Motion Tracker: Six Steps to greater accountability

  • Identify commitments
    Work with government and local partners to identify commitments
  • Classify commitments
    Collaborate with governments and civil society to classify commitment as either implicit or explicit 
  • Deconstruct the commitments
    Deconstruct the commitment by analysing background documents
  • Categorise commitments
    Categorise commitments according to W.H.O Health system blocks
  • Develop process indicators
    Work with a network of family planning practitioners and policymakers to develop performance indicators for tracking progress 
  • Implementation
    Engage stakeholders to identify and acknowledge partner action, showcase progress and celebrate success as well as identify barriers and action to accelerate progress