Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy Project

Today in Washington there is serious talk 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.

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.

It is directed by Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative Isobel Coleman and Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

This project is made possible by the generosity of the United Nations Foundation.

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

Panelists:

Ellen Chesler, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute, Vivian Lowery Derryck, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Bridges Institute, Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, Senior Research Associate,, Population Action International, Major General William L. Nash, U.S. Army (Ret.), George E. Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy; Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 28, 2011 12:15-12:45 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:45-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

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

Panelists:

Mark R. Dybul, Distinguished Scholar and Codirector of Global Health Law Program, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, Jhpiego

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy; Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 27, 2011 12:15-12:45 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:45-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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