Topic » Family Planning

Family planning improves maternal health, reduces unintended pregnancies and abortions, prevents the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promotes responsible development and environmental sustainability. Around the world, 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting women's needs for family planning and maternal and child health care would prevent 54 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 26 million fewer abortions and 79,000 fewer maternal deaths.

PAI works to secure greater support for international family planning and reproductive health programs. We track funding targets, document contraceptive shortages, and work with partners in developing countries to strengthen advocacy for their programs at home.



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

March 20, 2014

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 »

Policy Brief

Data Shows Americans Support International Family Planning and Reproductive Health

March 12, 2014

The latest data shows an overwhelming number of Americans from every political party in every area of the country support international family planning and reproductive health. Surprised? The data speaks for itself: 91 percent of Americans believe “every woman on … 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 »


Con Las Manos Vacias: Delivering on the Right to Contraception

July 15, 2013

Too often, Latin American women go to a clinic for contraception, but they leave con las manos vacias — empty handed. When they return to the clinic, it will likely be for prenatal services. More than half of pregnancies in Latin … Continue reading »


A Long Engagement: Why Sustained Investments in Advocacy Matter for Social Change

July 11, 2013

This post was originally published on Humanitas Global Development. Today is World Population Day, and this year’s focus is appropriately on youth and adolescent pregnancy. There are more than 1.2 billion young people in the world, and 87 percent live … Continue reading »


Equity Should Be Easy

June 29, 2013

By Jeff Locke As a Peace Corps Volunteer, one readily accepts President John F. Kennedy’s assertion that “life in Peace Corps will not be easy.” In fact, that’s why many of us signed up to join the Peace Corps, in … Continue reading »


Syria’s Expectant Mothers Face Dual Perils of Bombs and Birth

June 20, 2013

Imagine what it would be like to live in a city under siege. Now imagine that you are just weeks, or even days, away from giving birth. Do you remain where you are, knowing that when the time comes you … 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 »


Stop Ignoring These 222 Million Women

June 10, 2013

Right now, 222 million women — more than the populations of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands combined — want modern contraception, but they can’t get it. If we gave these women what they wanted, we could have saved … Continue reading »