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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.



House Bill Proposes Remarkable Family Planning Funding Increase, Disappoints on Policy Change

June 30, 2010

The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved $735 million for bilateral and multilateral funding for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs during their markup of the FY 2011 appropriations bill yesterday afternoon. Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and her subcommittee … Continue reading »


Global Health Initiative Details Emerge

June 18, 2010

On Friday morning, the U.S. government announced the first eight Global Health Initiative(GHI) focus countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Malawi, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Guatemala.  The Global Health Initiative promises to bring renewed attention to reproductive health and the 215 million women … Continue reading »


Global Fund to Emphasize Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning

May 13, 2010

The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria is urging countries to invest in maternal and child health (MCH) programming as it prepares to launch its next Round of funding later this month. The Global Fund’s Board decided at its … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Meeting the Development and Health Needs of 215 Million Women: U.S. International Family Planning Goals

April 1, 2010

U.S. international family planning assistance is one of the great success stories in the history of U.S. development assistance. In 2007, 56.5 million women in the developing world were using modern contraception as a direct result of U.S. support.2 Many … Continue reading »



2011 Family Planning Budget Request Largest Ever

March 5, 2010

Although the federal budget was released on February 1st, final decisions on the funding for family planning and reproductive health were just made public today by the State Department with the release of the congressional budget justification document for foreign assistance. … Continue reading »


FY 2011 President’s Budget Request for International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Programs

March 5, 2010

Bilateral Assistance — U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) As spelled out in White House budget document, the FY 2011 request increases funding for the President’s Global Health Initiative and states: “The Administration will build on its commitment to save millions … Continue reading »

Press Release

U.S. Government Rejoins Worldwide Consensus on Reproductive Health

January 8, 2010

Health and Development Groups Applaud Clinton Speech; Call for Action CONTACT: Ketayoun Darvich-Kodjouri Mobile: 202-997-1084 A broad coalition of organizations representing millions of Americans applauded today’s statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the United States unequivocally supports the … Continue reading »


New PEPFAR 5-Year Strategy Analysis

December 2, 2009

Yesterday the Obama administration announced a very positive step forward with their new five year strategy for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.  The long-awaited, revamped strategy reflects President Obama’s priorities for PEPFAR, grounded in the reality from the field. Pragmatism and … Continue reading »


Spending Bill Boosts Family Planning Funding, But Disappoints on Permanent Gag Rule Repeal

November 11, 2009

On December 10th, the House of Representatives debated and passed an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2010 containing a significant funding increase for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs but which dropped a Senate amendment that would have … Continue reading »


Don’t Mess Around in Texas

October 5, 2009

Originally posted on feministing. When I graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas, I can remember at least two dozen girls (out of a class of 600) pregnant or already with babies. It may seem astonishing now, but it … Continue reading »