Climate Change, Environment, Population and Climate Change

What Does Family Planning Have To Do With Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day! Nearly 45 years have passed since the oil spill in my hometown of Santa Barbara, California, which propelled the founding of Earth Day by Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Despite tremendous awareness and mobilization since that watershed moment, today’s … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Worth the Wait President’s FY 2015 Budget Request for Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Late in the day on Friday, the Obama Administration released their complete budget request for foreign assistance for fiscal year 2015, including for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. Although arriving six weeks after the initial release of … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies

47th CPD: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Last week, governments and civil society came together for the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD). This CPD was particularly important because 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Financing and Aid Effectiveness

World Bank Barely Gets Passing Grade on Reproductive Health

Last week, IPPF launched their second Scorecard on the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan (RHAP). Don’t look for an actual score: IPPF used a narrative evaluation (essentially a Pass/Fail system). The Bank passed, barely. The Bank, unsurprisingly, thinks they … Continue Reading

Every Minute of Every Day, 40 Women Put Their Lives At Risk

Every year, 21 million women risk their lives by having an unsafe abortion. That means that every minute of every day, 40 more women are in danger. Nearly all unsafe abortions—98 percent—occur in developing countries, and more than 47,000 women … Continue Reading

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