Family Planning, International Policies

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

Family Planning, International Policies

Day 4 Recap: Don’t Just Mind the Gap, Bridge It

Pop quiz: How is it that Country X, who receives tens of millions of dollars of donor assistance on family planning, as well as makes a progressive and meaningful commitment to a global initiative such as Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies

Day 3 Recap: Getting Over the Hump

Hump day: The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week. I often use the “hump day” phrase with international colleagues only to be (frequently) met with … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies, Youth

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

As the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) progressed today, we encountered new roadblocks. Not about grounds passes and room reservations (much of that has been resolved—bravo!), but about the very essence of this Commission. Why … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies

Setting the Agenda: Why Women are Key to Post-2015 Development

“This will not work,” Latha responded, much to our surprise. “They will know,” she explained, “and they will demand them. They will beat us if we resist. We can hide our rupees throughout the house, or in the folds of … Continue Reading

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Why We Care (And Why You Should, Too)

Recently, PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers was featured by the United Nation Foundation’s Why We Care campaign, a platform for individuals to share their journeys to becoming champions for international reproductive health. In her essay, Suzanne talks about formative Peace … Continue Reading