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.



As Canada Retreats from Africa, Will the U.S. Step Up?

May 20, 2009

First published on RH Reality Check “Canada has pulled away from Africa,” remarked Canadian MP Dr. Keith Martin during the House of Parliament screening of The Silent Partner: HIV in Marriage in Ottawa, “and it is appalling.”  Though it was … Continue reading »


More Than a Conference: Liberation, Leadership, and Liberia

March 13, 2009

Crossposted from the Huffington Post Monrovia, Liberia, March 7, 2009. The “International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security 2009″ is about to get started. Presidents Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia) – The first woman president in Africa! – and … Continue reading »


Reflections on International Women’s Days Past

March 8, 2009

Jennifer Johnson is Writer/Editor at Population Action International. “One seething trembling sea of women.” These were the words Russian revolutionary and feminist Aleksandra Kollontai used to describe the one of the first International Women’s Day celebrations in 1911. The first … Continue reading »


The Struggle for Women’s Rights Continues in the Congo

March 6, 2009

Odunola Ojewumi is a student at Howard University. She is serving as List Management Intern at Population Action International for the Spring 2009 semester. On February 21st, I attended a meeting sponsored by Friends of The Congo. “It is our … Continue reading »


Female Genital Mutilation: Three Generations Later

March 6, 2009

Esraa Bani is an Administrative Assistant in the International Advocacy and U.S. Government Relations departments of Population Action International. A little four year old lay in bed wrapped in blankets. Her teeth were chattering and her body was warm with … Continue reading »


Toasting Women on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2009

Amber Kirtley is a graduate of Furman University.  She is serving as Communications Intern at Population Action International for the Spring 2009 semester. I am privileged to live in a time and place where I can view the everyday world … Continue reading »


Re-Costing Cairo: Revised Estimate of the Resource Requirements to Achieve the ICPD Goals

March 3, 2009

by Suzanna Dennis, March 2009 Importance of Family Planning and Reproductive Health  Achieving universal access to reproductive health, including family planning services and supplies, is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of women and their families. Poor reproductive health … Continue reading »


Silent No More: Gender Norms and HIV/AIDS

December 2, 2008

The large banner stretched across busy Langata Road near Nyayo football stadium in Nairobi, Kenya declares, “We CAN End All Violence Against Women” as the traffic jam below grinds on. It signals the annual “16 Days of Activism” campaign – … Continue reading »


Asia Pacific Alliance Spreads Its Wings

October 14, 2008

One of the unique features of the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) is that it brings together reproductive health (RH), family planning (FP), development and environment nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). We in the movement know that all of our activities are linked … Continue reading »


Notes from the Field: Advocacy Workshop in Thailand

October 9, 2008

Suzanne Ehlers is Vice President for International Advocacy at PAI. Thailand has been in the international news this last week, as protests against the current Prime Minister’s administration broke out in the streets of Bangkok. Here in the north, in … Continue reading »