Topic » International Policies

The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo created a platform signed by 185 countries that called for universal access to family planning and reproductive health services by 2015. U.N. Millennium Development Goals' target 5B also calls for universal access to reproductive health care.

PAI has tracked international commitments to family planning and held governments and donors accountable. Fulfilling the global demand for family planning can significantly reduce the costs of achieving the MDGs, especially those related to poverty, maternal health and education. PAI advocates that donor countries fully fund family planning and reproductive health services to help meet all of the Millenium Development Goals.


Policy Brief

No Exceptions: How The Helms Amendment Hurts Women And Endangers Lives

July 31, 2014

The Helms Amendment is a longstanding legislative restriction on the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health program that hampers critical efforts to address the serious problem of unsafe abortion around the world. The Amendment prohibits the use of … Continue reading »


Data & Maps

What’s the Difference Between the Helms Amendment and the Global Gag Rule?

July 31, 2014

Have you ever heard of the Helms Amendment? How about the Global Gag Rule? They’re both harmful U.S. policies that prevent women from getting the reproductive care they need. But how are they different? The Helms Amendment restricts funding for … Continue reading »


The Hidden Family Planning Crisis of the Urban Poor

July 11, 2014

  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 »

Press Release

An Abysmal Decision for Women’s Rights and For The United States’ Reputation Abroad

June 30, 2014

For immediate release June 30, 2014   AN ABYSMAL DECISION FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND FOR THE UNITED STATES’ REPUTATION ABROAD Statement from PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Today, in a blow to women’s health … Continue reading »


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

June 9, 2014

  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 »


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly at CPD

April 21, 2014

  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 »


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 »


The Opportunity Fund for Family Planning Advocacy

November 13, 2013

Is it time to allow community health workers to provide injectables? Or to expand adolescents’ access to family planning information, services and supplies? Is there growing political support for increasing the family planning budget? The Fund is in search of … Continue reading »


In the Post-2015 Agenda, Youth Deserve a Seat at the Grown-Ups Table

August 12, 2013

More than half of the world’s population is under 25. Youth are not merely an ‘interest group’ in the Post-2015 agenda, and they deserve more than a thematic consultation or Google+ Hangout with the decision makers, the grown-ups. It is … 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 »