Donor Government Assistance for Family Planning in 2015

Executive Summary
  1. The Kaiser Family Foundation initiated a family planning resource tracking project in 2013, adapting the methodology it has long used to track donor government spending on HIV. Since 2002, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Kaiser Family Foundation have been tracking donor government assistance for HIV in low- and middle-income countries by the donor government members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC). For the methodological approach used to monitor donor government spending on HIV see: https://www.kff.org/global-health-policy/report/financing-the-response-to-aids-in-low/.

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  2. In 2014, Finland provided the third largest core contribution (US$60.4 million) to UNFPA, followed by the Netherlands.

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Report
  1. UNFPA, Financial Resource Flows for Population Activities Report 2011, 2013.

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  2. UNFPA, Direct communication, September, 2016. UNFPA methodological note: “When accounting for Family Planning expenses, it is crucial to take into account the cross-cutting nature of this area of work. Family Planning is strictly inter-linked with other areas in which UNFPA operates such as integrated services on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, gender equality and reproductive rights, adolescents and youth, data and analysis.  For example, family planning is an integral part of the activities to provide or support integrated SRH services, such as post-partum family planning, post-abortion family planning, family planning services for HIV positive individuals, etc. UNFPA's focus on adolescents and youth includes access to contraceptives information and services for adolescents through advocacy, comprehensive sexuality education or youth-friendly services. When UNFPA supports countries in advocating for gender equality and promoting reproductive rights, especially for marginalized women and girls, family planning services are the top priority on the agenda. Family planning is closely linked with population policies and strategies, and UNFPA assists governments to link family planning with population dynamics, while developing national strategies and build reliable population data and analysis. In light of these inter-linkages, the family planning expense hereby reported also takes into account the family planning component of expense that, while predominantly conducted under some other areas of UNFPA mandate, still contribute to the achievement of family-planning related results.”

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  3. World Bank, Direct communication, August, 2014.

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  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Direct communication, September, 2016.

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  5. Includes funding from 28 DAC member countries and the European Commission (EC).

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  6. OECD, The List of CRS Purpose Codes, 2013.

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  7. A disbursement is the actual release of funds to, or the purchase of goods or services for, a recipient. An enactment represents a budgetary decision that funding will be provided, regardless of the time at which an actual outlays, or disbursement, occurs. Therefore, disbursements in any given year may include funds committed (enacted) in prior years and in some cases, not all funds committed (enacted) during a government fiscal year are disbursed in that year. While most donor governments examined disburse enacted amounts within the same year, the U.S. government does not and may disburse enactments over multiple years. For instance, in FY 2013, U.S. bilateral enacted funding for family planning activities totaled $615.1 million, while disbursements totaled $585 million.

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  8. UNFPA, “Frequently Asked Questions” (http://www.unfpa.org/frequently-asked-questions), accessed October, 2016.

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  9. UNFPA, “Frequently Asked Questions” (http://www.unfpa.org/frequently-asked-questions), accessed October, 2016.

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  10. In 2015, Finland, which was not directly profiled in this analysis, provided the fifth largest core contribution ($38.0 million) to UNFPA, followed by the U.S.

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