IPPF’s structure is wholly democratic. The voices of individual volunteers shape decision-making at the highest levels of governance. This is thanks to a carefully designed governance structure which follows a rigorous Code of Good Governance. That in turn is subjected to strict accreditation, monitoring and evaluation standards.

IPPF is made up of national member organizations, called 'Member Associations', each of which operates within countries, across regions and/or internationally. Each Member Association belongs to one of six IPPF Regions. Each Member Association has an elected governing body made up of volunteers.

Representatives from each Member Association attend the annual Regional Council. Each Regional Council then elects four representatives to IPPF’s biannual Governing Council meeting. The Governing Council is the highest governing body of IPPF, and is supported by senior staff as required.

The Governing Council receives, discusses and approves financial and audit reports, and has ultimate responsibility for overviewing, developing and agreeing IPPF’s strategy, policy and priorities. 

Code of Good Governance

The IPPF Code of Good Governance prescribes how the Governing Council should operate. It sets out the standards of delivery expected in relation to the organization’s strategic direction; the procedures for appointing key personnel as well as for monitoring and reviewing performance and overseeing the Federation’s financial health. The Governing Council is open, responsive and accountable, and administers its own review and renewal.