Financing and Aid Effectiveness

Getting Up Close and Personal With Your Government’s Finances

Last month, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) posted 53,000 transaction records—updated through June 30, 2013—online. Now, anyone with an internet connection can see that the agency spent $569,650 to Pathfinder International to strengthen health systems for family … Continue Reading

Contraceptives and Condoms, Financing and Aid Effectiveness

You Get What You Pay For: Contraception is Cost-Effective, So Why Cut It?

Fact: Contraception saves lives. Fact: Contraception saves money. Fact: Politicians are trying to cut funding for contraception, at home and abroad. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to us either. This week, a new study from the Guttmacher Institute found that publicly … Continue Reading

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Contraceptives and Condoms, Financing and Aid Effectiveness

Is the Kenyan Government Serious About Reducing the Unmet Need for Contraceptives?

The Kenyan government talks a good game when it comes to providing family planning. Year in and year out, our government ministries including the Ministry of Health (MOH) present their budget proposals, supposedly based on the priorities and needs of … Continue Reading

Financing and Aid Effectiveness

It’s YOUR Money: Do You Know Where It’s Going?

Public officials are important custodians of public money, but the money is not theirs. Your government’s budget actually belongs to you, as a citizen and a taxpayer.  So how does your government manage “your” money, and how can you make … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Financing and Aid Effectiveness

New Funding Numbers for International Reproductive Health? Not Really.

The publication of a new Lancet study, which reports $5 billion less in funding for reproductive health than commonly accepted, has raised questions among family planning advocates. With more than 222 million women in the developing world with unmet need … Continue Reading

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