U.S. Foreign Assistance

The State of the Union Address That Kickstarted International Family Planning Programs

As President Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress this evening, advocates of the U.S. government’s investments in international family planning and reproductive health programs need to be reminded of … Continue Reading

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

Strong, Courageous and Creative A Recipe for Realizing the Rights of Women and Girls

Earlier this week, I attended “Celebrating Cairo & Going Beyond”, a side event at the United Nations (U.N.) Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The event was organized by the High Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population … 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

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