In 2019, Pathfinder’s Shukhi Jibon project set out to address five common challenges that pervade development assistance and stand in the way of the project’s ultimate goal—to contribute to improved health and human capital in Bangladesh by increasing use of voluntary family planning services. Using a Learning Lab approach, based on USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework, and with strong commitments from the Government of Bangladesh and USAID, Shukhi Jibon implemented five innovative interventions in 39 test sites across six learning districts. Today, this robust Learning Lab experience provides a roadmap for continuous learning and demonstrates Shukhi Jibon’s progress in rapidly testing, refining, and documenting innovations during a pilot phase before effectively scaling them up to achieve greater impact.
This brief focuses on the project’s efforts to introduce mentorship and supportive supervision (M&SS) in family planning within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s service networks.
Related Learning Lab Resources: