Family Planning, Financing and Aid Effectiveness

“Rolling Thunder” of New Financial Commitments Reinforce Budget Lines for Family Planning

There is a “rolling thunder” of momentum around pledges to FP2020, said Monica Karrigan of the Gates Foundation this morning, when six new countries made commitments to FP2020 at the International Conference on Family Planning. FP2020 is the global effort … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Population Trends and Demography, Youth

African Leaders Talk the Talk, But Will They Come Through for Youth?

Earlier this week, African Ministers and other distinguished guests gathered for the High Level Ministerial Meeting (HLMM) in Addis Ababa as part of the third International Conference on Family Planning. The event centered on discussing the interventions necessary for improving … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Youth

A Pandora’s Box of Barriers Is Hurting Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

“What’s in the box?” We are in Hawaryat Town in southwestern Ethiopia, standing in front of a school library which also functions as a clubhouse. Outside, a padlocked box is an imposing sentinel.  We are told it was created by … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Financing and Aid Effectiveness, International Policies

Beyond the Numbers Key to FP2020’s Success is Realizing Rights of Women and Girls

Adda has given birth to thirteen children at home in her rural village in northern Cameroon.  When asked if she has ever heard of family planning, Adda simply replies “no.” Halima, a mother of three in Tanzania, doesn’t want any … Continue Reading

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Day 5 Recap: It’s a Wrap

The long hours were worth it. Throughout the week, there were challenges that bordered on the surreal. No room reservations, microphones that didn’t work, emails that got caught up in the system. Admittedly modest in scope, these bureaucratic problems threatened, at … Continue Reading