The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

Visit the TCI websiteThe Challenge Initiative (TCI) is an exciting new “business unusual” approach to financing, scaling up and sustaining high-impact family planning solutions for the urban poor. TCI represents the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s single largest family planning investment – a substantial effort to mobilize and diversify resources to scale up family planning approaches already successfully implemented in urban India, Nigeria, Senegal and Kenya.

A strategic shift away from the traditional model of development, TCI is demand-driven – local governments self-select to participate and demonstrate political commitment by providing their own financial, material and human resources. In return, TCI brings technical expertise as well as support from its Challenge Fund. TCI leverages funding support from other sources too, such as bilateral and multilateral donors as well as foundations and the private sector.

TCI works in 14 countries through four regional implementing partners: Jhpiego in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), IntraHealth in Francophone West Africa, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in Nigeria and Population Services International in India.

TCI believes that its model for expanding access to family planning can help mitigate several pressing social issues and save millions of lives.

For more information about getting involved with TCI, please write to

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