U.S. Foreign Assistance

A Common-Sense Fix for Peace Corps Volunteers

Today, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act in the House and the Senate. The bills aim to fix a longstanding, unfair exclusion of Peace Corps volunteers from some life-saving federal health benefits. … 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

U.S. Foreign Assistance, Youth

A Simple Fix for Women in the Peace Corps

This week is annual Peace Corps Week, celebrating President Kennedy’s creation of the Corps in 1961. Since the founding of the Peace Corps, countless volunteers have gone to hundreds of countries to serve on projects improving health, agriculture, business, and … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Song Remains The Same Status Quo For Family Planning Funding And Policy In FY 2014 Omnibus

After a three-month delay, Congress passed and the President signed on January 17th a trillion dollar omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547 ) to fund the federal government during fiscal year 2014. In what passes for good news these days, funding for … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Featured, U.S. Foreign Assistance

How Will Family Planning Fare in FY 2014?

Yesterday, the Senate passed a two-year, bipartisan budget agreement  (H.J. Res. 59) that sets the stage for the negotiation of final fiscal year 2014 appropriations. While it is too early to tell what the specific implications may be for international family … Continue Reading

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