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December 11, 2014

How Family Planning Fared in the Cromnibus

Pending final approval of a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund most of the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2015, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) advocates appear to be on the verge achieving a … Continue reading »

November 13, 2014

The Votes Are In: Tough Road Ahead for International Family Planning & Reproductive Health

For supporters of the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program, last week’s mid-term congressional elections turned out even worse than most observers had anticipated, particularly in the Senate. For the first time, FP/RH advocates may not … Continue reading »

June 24, 2014

House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

  Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. The bill was adopted … Continue reading »

June 20, 2014

Good News & Bad News on Family Planning and Reproductive Health Appropriations

This was a busy week for House and Senate appropriators on the FY 2015 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bills, with widely different results for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy. First, the good news. … Continue reading »

April 21, 2014

Worth the Wait: President’s FY 2015 Budget Request for Family Planning and Reproductive Health

  Late in the day on Friday, the Obama Administration released their complete budget request for foreign assistance for fiscal year 2015, including for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. Although arriving six weeks after the initial release … Continue reading »


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July 11, 2014

The Hidden Family Planning Crisis of the Urban Poor

  Today, 3.9 billion of us live in cities. That’s more than half the world’s population. According to a new report released by the United Nations Population Division, by 2050, approximately 66 percent of the globe’s population will live in … Continue reading »

June 9, 2014

It’s Complicated: Anti-LGBT Laws Leave No Easy Answers for SRHR Advocates

  Recently at PAI, we were presented with the opportunity to partner with a local African civil society organization (CSO) to advance women’s access to reproductive and maternal health. At PAI, our preference is to work with local CSOs, as … Continue reading »

April 21, 2014

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly at CPD

  Last week, governments and civil society came together for the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD). This CPD was particularly important because 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population … Continue reading »

March 20, 2014

When Words Aren’t Enough: Who’s Holding Governments Accountable on Rights?

With the release of new guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) on “Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services,”  there is renewed discussion around shaping and implementing family planning policies and programs that respect, protect … Continue reading »

January 27, 2014

Transformation Doesn’t Happen Over Night

How can we best help countries realize their existing commitments to rights and ensure that rights-based approaches are the standard for all countries? These are the questions at the heart of an emerging dialogue in the family planning and reproductive … Continue reading »

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April 25, 2012

RH-HIV Integration Agenda Advanced in Kenya

PAI staff recently visited reproductive health (RH) and HIV partners and stakeholders in Kenya as part of The Integration Partnership.   Kenya has a strong track record of government and donor support for RH-HIV integration so much of our visit focused … Continue reading »

March 29, 2012

TIP Partners Strengthen Advocacy to Global Fund

As part of The Integration Partnership (TIP), PAI conducted site visits in four countries in March: Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. In Zambia, TIP partners are making strides in their advocacy to the Global Fund, and in their efforts to convene … Continue reading »

March 29, 2012

Measuring the Impact of Integration

On March 22, Population Action International convened a day-long meeting for PEPFAR implementing partners to discuss family planning/HIV integration indicators. The meeting brought together a program and monitoring and evaluation staff from EngenderHealth, PATH, FHI360, Pathfinder, the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, … Continue reading »

December 22, 2011

PAI talks Integration at ICASA

PAI recently joined thousands of policymakers, advocates, health workers and activists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 16th annual International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). More than 22 million people are living with HIV in Africa; 60 … Continue reading »

December 2, 2011

PAI Launches Tipping Point

The Tipping Point showcases how advocates are improving access to reproductive health and maternal, newborn and child health through integrated programs and services. Continue reading »