Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning

This Thanksgiving, We’re Grateful for You

We’re always thankful to have access to family planning, and today is no different. But we’re also aware that 1 in 4 women of reproductive age in the developing world aren’t as fortunate. We, like so many of you, are … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Integration - HIV/AIDS, Youth

Giving the Gift of Yourself: Juliet’s Story

This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post, as part of their Giving Tuesday series. The earrings are simple — a thin piece of pink plastic, almost like a small spear. They’re inexpensive, not from any known designer, but … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Financing and Aid Effectiveness, International Policies

Committed to FP2020? Invest in Civil Society!

As five countries – Benin, Mauritania, DRC, Myanmar, and Guinea – made new commitments to FP2020 last week in Addis, one plea was made multiple times on the last day of the International Conference on Family Planning: don’t neglect civil … Continue Reading

Confessions of a Chief Operating Officer Could sharing our mistakes be the key to stronger organizations?

For the past three years, I’ve tried to convene a scrappy group of Chief Operating Officers (COOs) and other COO-like people from international NGOs to meet and discuss challenges, share lessons learned, and generate a sense of shared purpose in … Continue Reading

Stories Without Words GIS Day Highlights the Power of Maps

Today is a day to celebrate folks, because today is GIS Day.  As a GIS (geographic information systems) specialist, this day undoubtedly excites me more than it does most people.  But, it is my hope that through my new monthly … Continue Reading

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Take a Selfie, Change the World?

From being named Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2013 to stealing the show at this year’s Oscars, the “selfie” has already become an inescapable part of our popular culture. Now, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is hoping … Continue Reading