The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) was founded in 1954 and is the umbrella organisation for 130 national professional associations of obstetrics and gynaecology around the world. One of FIGO’s seven commitments is “to strengthen the capacity of its associations to enable them to play a pivotal role in the development and implementation of sustainable programmes aimed at the improvement of care available to women and newborns, especially for poor and underserved populations”.

The FIGO LOGIC (Leadership in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for Impact and Change) Initiative in Maternal and Newborn Health has been working to strengthen the organisational capacity of eight national professional associations in African and Asian countries, where maternal and neonatal mortality rates are high. LOGIC’s main partner in organisational capacity improvement has been the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC). Initial levels of organisational maturity differed from association to association, but invariably the inputs into capacity building  resulted in a more robust organisational environment, and a more effective and sustainable impact of the association. SOGC’s Organizational Capacity Improvement Framework (OCIF) served as the foundation for the range of developmental processes that were introduced.

Realising the impact this approach could have on other health professional associations, be it in the framework of distinct activities or for a thorough capacity building process, LOGIC decided to organise the different tools and approaches used into an easily accessible web-based toolkit. Reflecting LOGIC’s and other earlier experiences and lessons learnt from organisational capacity building in health professional associations, this toolkit is intended to be a starting point and reference for other health professional associations that want to enhance their capacity .

Using the toolkit will lead to better understanding of what makes an organisation strong; what the different elements  of organisational capacity building are; how a change process can be initiated; and how practical activities can be conducted to support such change processes.

FIGO wishes to thank SOGC for this collaboration and to encourage health professional associations, whether new or established, to access, modify and use these materials.

Prof. Hamid Rushwan, MD, FRCOG, FACOG
Chief Executive, FIGO


Prof. David J Taylor MD, FRCOG
Director, FIGO LOGIC