Our Work

ADVOCACY

PAI works to improve reproductive health services by building political will in the U.S. and internationally for these programs.

United States Government Relations
PAI works with bipartisan allies to ensure that life-saving, cost-effective family planning programs are supported. Our U.S. government relations team has decades of experience working with policymakers in Congress and the Administration. PAI has helped achieve landmark increases for family planning funding and important policy advances over the first two years of the Obama administration. We are working hard to protect these gains in the face of spending cuts and attacks on women’s health programs.
International Advocacy
PAI collaborates with advocacy partners worldwide to ensure reproductive health is a priority. We provide analysis of US policies and global funding trends to our international colleagues, and build coalitions and strengthen partnerships worldwide to improve reproductive health policies.For much of the last 20 years, PAI has been providing small, but targeted and multi-year advocacy small grants to both developed and developing country partners. These grants have often provided the only unrestricted sources of support for advocacy work of an institution, and we have seen many of our grantees establish permanent policy and advocacy programs based on their relationship to PAI.PAI is also working to secure support for the integration of sexual and reproductive health with HIV/AIDS in policies, programs and services. In 2009, PAI helped several sub-Saharan African countries develop Global Fund proposals that resulted in millions for integrated HIV and reproductive health programs. We advocate within the Global Fund and other institutions to prioritize integration, and provide support to in-country civil society organizations working on integration programs through The Integration Partnership.

RESEARCH

PAI’s research team develops evidence for advocacy on population and reproductive health issues

Topics of Research
PAI identifies links between demographics and securityto promote strategies for governments and global institutions to combat poverty, ensure growing nations develop sustainably, and create a more stable world.Our other key research areas include: reproductive health supply access in developing countries; analyzing the costs of meeting the demand for reproductive health, maternal health supplies, and developing regional health indexes for developing countries.PAI also explores the links between population, health, the environment and climate change. Our researchers examine the vulnerability of populations to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, and assesse how access to family planning can help women and communities adapt to change.

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

Climate
PAI’s Climate Change Initiative is a  multi-year program exploring the relationships among population, gender, and climate change. Our research has show how climate change affects women in developing countries and how reproductive health is a critical part of adaptation efforts. This work strengthens understanding of the influence of population on greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrates how demographics relate to climate change vulnerability, and expands the concept of climate change resilience by highlighting gender, fertility, and reproductive health dimensions.The project’s work includes country case studies that examine climate change coping strategies, an interactive mapping tool, and analysis of the impact of climate change on achieving the Millennium Development Goals.In October 2010, PAI launched a population and climate small grants program, awarding five grants to civil society organizations in Kenya, Nepal, Malawi and Ethiopia to build their advocacy capacity to promote the integration of reproductive health and gender considerations into national plans to address climate change adaptation.
The Integration Partnership
The Integration Partnership (TIP) is a two-year PAI initiative to increase the integration of HIV and reproductive health services, to improve health outcomes. TIP will increase the attention and resources for integration within influential global institutions. The partnership, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is taking place in five sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia.Reproductive health services are the primary point of entry into the health care system for millions of women facing HIV risks, and can provide a critical pathway to prevention, care, and treatment.  Despite these benefits, there has been insufficient commitment to integration among national governments and international donors.TIP will change that by advancing commitment to integration within the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI). The partnership will accelerate integrated programming in the five countries by promoting civil society involvement and informed decision-making about reproductive health and HIV programs. PAI will provide technical expertise in to civil society partnersand their country governments to integrate these programs.TIP builds on PAI’s previous work on RH/HIV Integration, which helped to leverage funding for integrated programs and services through Global Fund grants.
Young People’s Initiative
PAI’s Young People’s Initiative engages in research and advocacy to ensure youth worldwide are able to make informed decisions about their sexuality. YPI holds discussions on reproductive health with U.S. university students and provides advocacy grants to support youth-led organizations working on these issues internationally.