This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa. The research will draw from three case studies that have registered remarkable increases in contraceptive use over the last decade or so – Ethiopa, Malawi, and Rwanda. It will also assess how such political will has manifested in different contexts, and explore how political will affects the policy and program environment. Lessons from this study will help galvanize efforts to improve access to family planning in African countries where little progress is being made.

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