PAI advocates for women and families to have access to contraception in order to improve their health, reduce poverty and protect their environment. Our research and advocacy strengthen U.S. and international assistance for family planning. We work with local and national leaders in developing countries to improve their reproductive health care programs and policies. PAI shows how these programs are critical to global concerns, such as preventing HIV, combating the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, and strengthening national security.

PAI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that accepts no government funding, and is supported by tax-deductible contributions from individuals and foundations. PAI exists because providing women with the family planning they want can save hundreds of thousands of lives, prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce unsafe abortion. For 45 years, PAI has worked with bipartisan supporters to help the millions of women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but do not have access to contraception. PAI’s work with U.S. policymakers in the Executive Branch and Congress has helped to achieve significant funding increases and policy advances, such as repealing the Global Gag Rule.

PAI collaborates with advocacy partners worldwide to ensure reproductive health is a priority. PAI’s partnerships and grants have helped build a strong global network of advocates that work with policymakers in their countries and regions to improve access to family planning.

Under AFP, PAI will provide expertise in budget and expenditure tracking, small grants management, strategic coalition building, policy-relevant research, and impactful communications. PAI will link AFP efforts and champions to U.S., UN, and World Bank advocacy opportunities.


Opportunity Fund for FP2020

Source: Population Action International


As part of Advance Family Planning, PAI will develop and manage the Opportunity Fund (Fund) for family planning (FP) advocacy in the Global South. The purpose is to seize advocacy opportunities related to the policy and funding decisions needed to accelerate FP2020's success. Support will be provided primarily in countries other than AFP's nine focus countries. 

A cover letter explaining the Fund, and the application and budget template for applying to the Fund are available here.

AFP Resources
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High Level Ministerial Meeting: The Youth Dividend—Return on Investment

On November 12, 2013, 356 participants from 47 countries gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the High-Level Ministerial Meeting (HLMM) of the...

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Wendy Turnbull

Senior Advisor International Advocacy

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Wendy guides and implements PAI’s international advocacy work, with a focus on cultivating partnerships with Southern CSOs to develop effective strategies and messages for sustained FP/RH advocacy at national, regional and global levels.  In this role she helps manage PAI’s grantmaking program for FP/RH advocacy, provides targeted advocacy technical assistance to partners, and works to connect Southern advocates to regional and global initiatives.  Before joining PAI in 1999, Wendy worked on U.S. domestic and international family planning issues as senior policy analyst with The Guttmacher Institute and federal lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Suzanna Dennis

Senior Research Associate

+1 (202) 557 3434

Suzanna leads PAI’s research and analysis of financing for population assistance and FP/RH services, including exploring emerging issues such as aid effectiveness and their impact on funding levels.  Her professional background is in tracking development finance from a gender perspective, with a focus on multilateral banks.  Suzanna came to PAI in 2008 from Gender Action where she researched and wrote several reports, including one funded through a PAI small grant examining projects funded by the World Bank and other multilateral development banks for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.  Suzanna earned an MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and holds a BS in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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