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Reproductive Health Aid: A Delicate Balancing Act

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  • Dalen, H.P. van
  • Micevska Scharf, M.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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In this contribution the authors show that development assistance targeting reproductive health overwhelmingly concentrates on HIV/AIDS at the expense of family planning elements. Data on financial contributions disbursed by governments and private foundations are used as collected by the Resource Flows project as initiated by UNFPA/NIDI. The current allocation of aid does not accord well with the plans made in Cairo at the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994. Part of the explanation is that future health needs are difficult to predict, but it also shows how strong the influence of one donor, i.e. the United States, is in this setup. The landscape of population assistance is a highly volatile one, brought about not only by political issues like the Global Gag Rule, but also issues of collective action design as assistance under the heading of the Millennium Development Goals crowds out family planning. A complicating factor is that development assistance for reproductive health is at some points ill-adjusted towards the needs of developing countries.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2011-027.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2011027

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Keywords: health; development aid; AIDS; fertility;

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  1. Hendrik P. van Dalen & Mieke Reuser, 2005. "What drives Donor Funding in Population Assistance Programs?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 05-062/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Dalen, H.P. van & Reuser, M., 2005. "Assessing size and structure of worldwide funds for population and AIDS activities," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-3107527, Tilburg University.
  3. Hendrik P. van Dalen & Mieke Reuser, 2005. "What drives Donor Funding in Population Assistance Programs?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 05-062/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Hendrik P. Van Dalen & Kène Henkens, 2012. "What is on a Demographer’s Mind?," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 26(16), pages 363-408, May.
  5. Maureen Lewis, 2005. "Addressing the Challenge of HIV/AIDS: Macroeconomic, Fiscal and Institutional Issues," Working Papers 58, Center for Global Development.
  6. van Dalen, Hendrik P., 2008. "Designing Global Collective Action in Population and HIV/AIDS Programs, 1983-2002: Has Anything Changed?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 362-382, March.
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