Topic » Financing and Aid Effectiveness

Every dollar invested in family planning globally saves $1.30 in maternal and newborn health costs and $25 in HIV/AIDS-related costs. Yet global funding for family planning and reproductive health services, including contraceptive supplies, continues to fall short of needs in developing countries.

PAI leads a project to track funding for family planning and reproductive health and helps hold donors and developing countries accountable to their funding commitments. As donor funding mechanisms get more complicated and donor funds more difficult to track, PAI produces research and analysis to outline the implications of the changing funding landscape for reproductive health.



World Bank Barely Gets Passing Grade on Reproductive Health

May 29, 2014

Last week, IPPF launched their second Scorecard on the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan (RHAP). Don’t look for an actual score: IPPF used a narrative evaluation (essentially a Pass/Fail system). The Bank passed, barely. The Bank, unsurprisingly, thinks they deserve higher … Continue reading »


Dollars and Sense: Budget Advocacy for Reproductive Health Event Report

April 29, 2014

While organizations worldwide have started to advocate to mobilize government funding to meet public sector reproductive health needs, there have been few opportunities for these organizations to come together to share information and resources. PAI hosted “Dollars and Sense” at … Continue reading »


Press Release

Opportunity Fund Awards More Than $100,000 to Expand Family Planning Advocacy in West Africa

April 8, 2014

For immediate release April 10, 2013 Opportunity Fund Awards More Than $100,000 to Expand Family Planning Advocacy in West Africa Washington, D.C. — Advance Family Planning (AFP) and Population Action International (PAI) are bolstering family planning advocacy efforts in francophone … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

The Economics of Birth Control

November 12, 2013

Spending $1 and getting $4 back sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? Well for every $1 we invest in family planning, we save $4 in other areas like education, public health, and water and sanitation. It’s time to cash … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

Thanks and Spanks for Family Planning Donors

November 6, 2013

For our latest infographic, we compared each donor’s actual funding for family planning and reproductive health to their fair share of funding. Then we ranked them based on how close they come to meeting their fair share. Rankings can be … Continue reading »


It’s YOUR Money: Do You Know Where It’s Going?

June 28, 2013

Public officials are important custodians of public money, but the money is not theirs. Your government’s budget actually belongs to you, as a citizen and a taxpayer.  So how does your government manage “your” money, and how can you make … Continue reading »


New Funding Numbers for International Reproductive Health? Not Really.

June 12, 2013

The publication of a new Lancet study, which reports $5 billion less in funding for reproductive health than commonly accepted, has raised questions among family planning advocates. With more than 222 million women in the developing world with unmet need … Continue reading »


Budget Advocacy 101: Why We Need to Follow the Money

May 16, 2013

Say the word “budget,” and people’s eyes glaze over. I know. I see it happening right now. But before you stop reading, let’s try this – do you know where your paycheck goes every month? Would you like to know … Continue reading »


RH Budget Watch

May 16, 2013

For more than two decades, Population Action International (PAI) has been a leader in monitoring trends and advocating for funding of international reproductive health (RH), including contraceptives. In recent years, advocacy with national governments to ensure long-term availability of contraceptives, … Continue reading »



Paying for Public Health Out of Our Own Pockets

May 1, 2013

Last week, UN Member States, civil society, regional commissions, observers and specialized agencies gathered in New York City for the 46th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD).* This year’s theme was migration, and the negotiations produced a … Continue reading »