Donor Government Funding for Family Planning in 2021

Key Points
  1. Totals represent funding specifically designated by donor governments for family planning as defined by the OECD DAC (see methodology), and include: standalone family planning projects; family planning-specific contributions to multilateral organizations (e.g., contributions to UNFPA Supplies); and, in some cases, projects that include family planning within broader reproductive health activities.

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  2. At the time of publication, data from France for 2021 were not available. France’s prior year amount was used as a temporary estimate to calculate the overall donor government total in 2021.

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  3. Includes core-contributions from members of the OECD DAC only; core contributions from non-DAC donors are not included in this total.

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  4. UNFPA, “Delivering On The Transformative Results: UNFPA Annual Report 2021”, 2021. See also UNFPA Donor Contributions portal.

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  5. Germany’s decline in 2021 was a return to prior year levels following a significant increase in 2020 that was aimed at supporting UNFPA’s efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19.

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  6. See KFF’s “UNFPA Funding & Kemp-Kasten: An Explainer”.

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Report
  1. Includes funding from 29 DAC member countries and the European Union (EU).

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  2. At the time of publication, data from France for 2021 were not available. France’s prior year amount was used as a temporary estimate to calculate the overall donor government total in 2021.

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  3. U.K. Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), “Statistics on International Development: Provisional UK Aid Spend 2021,” April 2022.

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  4. For the period between FY17-FY20, the Trump administration invoked the Kemp-Kasten amendment to withhold funding - both core and non-core contributions - from UNFPA (see KFF "UNFPA Funding & Kemp-Kasten: An Explainer"). Congress requires any withheld funding for UNFPA (core-only) be transferred to other global health activities, including family planning. In FY21, the Biden administration resumed funding for UNFPA. When the FY17-FY20 UNFPA transfers to FP are removed, the overall levels match FY21.

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  5. In 2021, UNFPA spent approximately US$488.7 million (45% of UNFPA’s total program expenses) on family planning activities. This includes US$278.8 million for family-planning specific activities (such as enabling environments for family planning, contraceptives and related supplies, provision of services, and family planning systems strengthening) and US$209.9 million for activities with an impact on family planning results in other areas of work under UNFPA’s mandate. Direct communication, UNFPA, October 2022.

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  6. U.K. Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), “Statistics on International Development: Provisional UK Aid Spend 2021,” April 2022.

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  7. See KFF’s “UNFPA Funding & Kemp-Kasten: An Explainer”.

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  8. At the time of publication, data from France for 2021 were not available. France’s prior year amount was used as a temporary estimate to calculate the overall donor government total in 2021.

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