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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.


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 »


President’s Budget Request Restores International Family Planning Funding

February 14, 2012

President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) proposes a very welcomed restoration of funding.  This will help recover some of the millions of dollars cut by congressional contraceptive critics over the last … Continue reading »


Omnibus Spares International Family Planning from Cuts and Riders

December 19, 2011

President Obama is expected to sign by the end of this week a $915 billion “megabus” spending package for fiscal year 2012 (H.R. 2055), encompassing nine appropriations bills, including State Department and foreign operations which funds international family planning and … Continue reading »

Advocacy Guide

Review of Polling on Family Planning

October 26, 2011

The November election took a toll on U.S. Congressional support for international family planning but PAI’s research shows that the new members are deeply out of touch with American voters. PAI conducted an election-night poll which found the majority of … Continue reading »


Press Release

Statement on House Foreign Affairs Committee Markup by Craig Lasher, Director of U.S. Government Relations

October 5, 2011

For Immediate Release Republicans on the committee have shown their true colors by rejecting 10 amendments to allow U.S. funding for UNFPA’s life-saving work to continue. It is now clear they are not interested in preventing maternal death and disability … Continue reading »


Trends in US Population Assistance

October 4, 2011

Since 1965, Congress has appropriated money in the foreign assistance bill for population assistance to developing countries to advance the U.S. foreign policy goals of promoting sustainable development and health in these countries. These monies support family planning and related … Continue reading »