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The United States has supported family planning, reproductive health, and population programs as part of its foreign assistance program since 1965. Polls have consistently shown that 75 to 90 percent of Americans support international family planning programs, including 69 percent of Independents and Republicans. But while the demand has consistently increased, the U.S. funding level for family planning in 2010 is nearly 25 percent less than what it spent in 1995 (when adjusted for inflation).

PAI believes the U.S. should lead international efforts to meet the demand for family planning by appropriating $1 billion annually. The $1 billion figure is the U.S.’ fair share of the $6.7 billion investment needed to meet international family planning goals, and would accelerate progress on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.


Press Release

Sequestration Could Mean Lost Opportunities for Millions of Women and Their Families Overseas

March 2, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEQUESTRATION COULD MEAN LOST OPPORTUNITIES FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES OVERSEAS Statement by Population Action International Director of U.S. Government Relations Craig Lasher “With Congress and the President unable to reach a deal yesterday, the … Continue reading »


Countdown to Sequestration: What Cuts Could Mean for International Family Planning

February 22, 2013

One week from today—unless Congress and the President reach a deal to avoid it—an across-the-board cut in federal spending will cause international family planning and reproductive health programs to lose tens of millions of dollars, resulting in the denial of … Continue reading »


Cuts and Consequences for International Family Planning

February 22, 2013

Cuts and Consequences: What Sequestration Might Mean for International Family Planning Assistance One week from today—unless Congress and the President reach a deal to avoid it—an across-the-board cut in federal spending will cause international family planning and reproductive health programs … Continue reading »


Election Outcome: What Family Planning Advocates Have To Be Thankful For

November 20, 2012

In this Thanksgiving season, supporters of international family planning programs have one thing to be truly thankful for—the 2012 election outcome. With the re-election of President Obama, advocates look forward to four more years of prioritized funding for overseas family … Continue reading »


PEPFAR Takes Contraception Off the Table

October 16, 2012

The recently released Fiscal Year 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance  states in no uncertain terms that “PEPFAR funds may not be used to purchase family planning commodities” (page 52).  As they have since the beginning of the program, PEPFAR … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Promoting Family Planning/Reproductive Health-HIV/AIDS Integration

July 30, 2012

This policy brief looks at how the “integration” principle and the “country ownership” principle are applied to FP/RH and HIV/AIDS services and civil society engagement in the Global Health Initiative country strategies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Continue reading »



Global War On Women Starts Again

May 17, 2012

Earlier this afternoon, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to perpetuate the global war on women, approving a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning, reimposes the Global Gag Rule, and bans funding to the United Nations Population … Continue reading »


Congressional Staffers Explore Family Planning Needs in Guatemala

April 25, 2012

In February 2012, PAI held a congressional study tour to Guatemala with staff from the offices of Senators Franken (D-MN), Blumenthal (D-Ct), and Kirk (R-IL). The trip underscored the demand for international reproductive health and family planning services, the cost-effectiveness … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Family Planning: The Smartest Investment We Can Make

April 2, 2012

Funding for international family planning and reproductive health is a proven and cost-effective way to meet a broad range of international development goals. Increased access to contraception for women in developing countries is critical to improving maternal and newborn health, … Continue reading »



Measuring the Impact of Integration

March 29, 2012

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 »