The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Prevention in Senegal co-hosted the second International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Best Practices, November 29-December 2, 2011, at Le Méridien Président, in Dakar, Senegal. The 2011 Conference was the second of its kind with the first held in 2009 in Kampala, Uganda. The 2011 Conference brought together participants to share research, best practices, and progress on national strategies to deliver family planning services, with the ultimate goal being universal access to family planning.

The Conference welcomed over 2000 researchers, program managers, clinicians, parliamentarians, policymakers, jurists, and journalists. The Conference was co-sponsored by over 30 international organizations including USAID, UNFPA, WHO, World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Conference program included plenaries, multiple concurrent oral sessions, special panel presentations, poster sessions, luncheon roundtables, and an exhibit area. Over 100 journalists attended and collectively published over 200 articles.

The official languages of the conference were English and French.