Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy Project

Directors: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
April 2011 - July 1, 2011

U.S. foreign policymakers have spoken in the past about drastically cutting support for international family planning, even though it is one of the most cost-effective foreign assistance programs the United States funds. Given its centrality to many pressing foreign policy issues and its demonstrated high return on investment, international family planning is an area of assistance that deserves greater priority. With the generous support of the United Nations Foundation, this project seeks to reframe family planning as a critical U.S. foreign policy issue, highlighting its effects on global health, economic development, international security, environmental sustainability, and women's empowerment. 

Reports commissioned as part of this project reflect the judgments and recommendations of the author(s). They do not necessarily represent the views of members of the study group, whose involvement in no way should be interpreted as an endorsement of these reports by either themselves or the organizations with which they are affiliated.

Study Group Members

Carol Bellamy
, Fast-Track Initiative
Ellen Chesler, The Roosevelt Institute
Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Vivian Lowery Derryck, The Bridges Institute
Mark R. Dybul, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University; George W. Bush Institute
Duff G. Gillespie, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Maureen Greenwood-Basken, United Nations Foundation
Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Maureen Norton, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
George E. Rupp, International Rescue Committee
Pascaline Servan-Schreiber, Global Alternative Healthcare Project
Diana Taylor, Wolfensohn and Company
Ann M. Veneman


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Meetings

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York

Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy: Ensuring U.S. Leadership

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy: Ensuring U.S. Leadership

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