The 7th Country Program

The 7th Country Program of assistance to the Government of the Philippines originally covered five years – from 2012 to 2016. In January 2016, it was extended up to 2018.

The aim is to contribute to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, promote reproductive rights, reduce maternal mortality and accelerate progress on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda and the then Millennium Development Goal 5, on improving maternal health and ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health.

Since 2016, the country programme has been supporting the implementation of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development or the SDGs, in particular, Goal 3 on health and well-being, Goal 4 on education, and Goal 5 on gender equality.  

The country programme aims to empower and improve the lives of underserved populations, especially women and young people, by boosting gender equality, ensuring their rights are protected and respected and helping partners develop a better understanding of population dynamics.

Given that the Philippines is a low middle income country, support is mainly provided in the form of technical assistance in policy formulation or advocacy work.   

The country programme is an integral part of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) that runs between 2012 and 2018.  The theme of UN support under the current UNDAF is “supporting inclusive, sustainable and resilient development” with five cross-cutting principles, namely human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, culture and development, and capacity development. The country programme directly supports the strategic focus area on youth as well as three UNDAF sub-outcomes: reproductive, maternal and neonatal health; population and development; and women’s empowerment.