Blog Posts Highlight Pledges Made At London Family Planning Summit, Next Steps For Donors

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Family Planning Summit Raises Much-Needed Funds. Now It’s Time for Donors to Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real.
Rachel Silverman, senior policy analyst with CGD, discusses her attendance at this week’s London Family Planning Summit, writing, “With significant new money raised for the cause — an important accomplishment given the uncertainty around sustained U.S. funding and the reinstatement of the Mexico City policy — it’s now time for donors to get serious about optimizing the efficiency, impact, and sustainability of family planning programs.” Silverman highlights a CGD report published last year that provides “recommendations for donors to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of their investments” (7/13).

Inside Philanthropy: Chasm: What Are Funders Doing To Close Big New Gaps in Aid for Family Planning?
Sue-Lynn Moses, global editor of Inside Philanthropy, and David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, discuss the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation’s family planning funding, writing, “[O]ne hopes the Gateses and the Buffett family are thinking outside the box, right now. One thing about family planning is that investments today pay major dividends for decades to come by preventing unwanted pregnancies, slowing population growth in poor countries, and keeping women alive. … Overall, there’s a compelling case for donors to front-load their giving on family planning. Especially right now.” Moses and Callahan highlight other organizations that made pledges at the London Family Planning Summit (7/13).

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