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USAID’s Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program: A Look Back and Ahead
February 17, 2023
In November 2022, a two-day reunion was organized by seven former directors of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). Participants reflected on USAID’s achievements and challenges in the field of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and discussed the program’s current...
Postcard from the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning
December 20, 2022
Last month, thousands of family planning policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and funders gathered in Pattaya City, Thailand for four days of learning and exchanging. The conference plenaries centered on the broad importance of family planning in achieving universal health coverage. ...
What’s the Latest Research in Development Economics? A Roundup from NEUDC 2022
November 07, 2022
What’s the latest in international economic development research? Last weekend was the North East Universities Development Consortium annual conference, often called NEUDC. With more than 135 papers presented (and almost all of them available for download), it’s a great way to see recent trends in t...
Episode 6: Luck and the Privilege to Choose: What Reproductive Rights Have Meant for Me, in Two Parts
September 15, 2022
In the fall of 1968, when I was 22 and starting the second year of a two-year master’s program at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies in Washington, DC, the man who would become my first husband told me about a college friend in New York needing $200 to help pay for an illegal but reas...
Reproductive Rights and Women’s Economic Empowerment
August 17, 2022
In the wake of the turmoil created by the US Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, there’s been a lot of discussion about the health implications of abortion care. This blog post highlights the intrinsic connection between pregnancy and economic wellbeing.
What the US Can Learn from Countries Globally on Access to Abortion
May 09, 2022
News broke last week that indicated the US Supreme Court is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade, a 50-year-old precedent protecting the right to abortion. If the court’s final opinion reflects what the current draft does, it will mean that women in the United States have less legally protected bodily ...
Moving Toward Smarter Health Spending: The Role of the Global Financing Facility
December 17, 2021
As the GFF wraps up its sixth year of operations, enters its next strategic period, and undertakes an important replenishment campaign to raise an additional $2.5 billion in trust fund resources, we are excited to share new work on the role of the GFF in improving the impact of health spending for R...
Prioritizing Public Spending on Health in Lower-Income Countries: The Role of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents
December 17, 2021
The Global Financing Facility (GFF), launched in 2015, is a partnership backed by a multi-donor World Bank trust fund that aims to “prioritize and scale-up evidence-driven investments to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) interventions” in ...
Safe Access to Abortion: A Step Backward in Texas, but Steps Forward Globally
September 28, 2021
Evidence shows that, with some exceptions, Texas and the U.S. are running counter to a global trend to expand abortion rights. Over the past 25 years in particular, the global trend has overwhelmingly been that of liberalization of abortion laws, with 18 countries overturning complete bans on aborti...
The UK Aid Cuts to UNFPA: Ripple Effects in Sexual and Reproductive Health Product Markets with Outsized Impacts for Women and Girls
May 11, 2021
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) recently revealed that the UK government intends to cut aid to its supplies program by 85 percent, slashing Britain’s original 2021 commitment from $211 million to $32 million.