The CATALYST Consortium is a global reproductive health activity initiated by the Center for Population, Health and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on September 31, 2000. The Consortium is comprised of four U.S.-based and one Colombian-based organizations committed to the strategic objective of increased use of sustainable, quality family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services and practices through clinical and nonclinical programs. CATALYST will offer technical assistance to partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Near East and the Eastern European Regions.
The Consortium partners are the Academy for Educational Development (AED), Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Meridian Group International, Inc., Pathfinder International and PROFAMILIA/Colombia. CATALYST currently has offices in Bolivia, Peru, Egypt, India, and Pakistan.
CATALYST is designed to be flexible and responsive to USAID Mission programs. Assistance through CATALYST can be implemented as a stand-alone activity, in partnership with other cooperating agencies and/or bilateral activities, or as a coordinating mechanism for multiple cooperating agency-assisted programs. In general, country-level programs will be implemented using field support funds, although core funds may be used in certain instances. CATALYST is interested in working closely with USAID Missions to identify new, innovative uses of core funds that can facilitate implementation and advance the state-of-the-art in FP/RH.