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More Money, Well Spent

Good family planning and reproductive health services help improve the well-being of individuals and families, and are critical to achieving sustainable population growth and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.  Nevertheless, reproductive health programs in sub-Saharan Africa continue to be chronically underfunded, leaving many women without the basic family-planning services they need.  One quarter of married women of childbearing age in sub-Saharan Africa who want contraception are not getting it, and one out of every fifteen women dies of a pregnancy-related cause.  It is vital that more money be directed toward population and reproductive health issues in sub-Saharan Africa, but this money needs to be spent more efficiently and effectively. 

To do this, the Program funds research and advocacy to improve health policy. Our long-term goal is for increased funding for family-planning and reproductive health services that lead to better reproductive health and reduced poverty.

Ongoing Work

Tides Foundation, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, announces that six grants, totaling over $2.7 million, have been awarded from the Money Well Spent Fund.

The Money Well Spent Fund supports programs that help to ensure that resources for family planning and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa are spent efficiently and effectively. In particular, the Fund seeks to foster work that will develop solutions with a considerable and measurable impact toward this goal.

For more information about the six organizations that were selected to receive funding, please visit the Tides Foundation Web site by clicking here.

Publications and Reports

(Available for download in PDF format)

USAID's Funding Decisions on Reproductive Health and Family Planning (PDF)
April 2009
Paper prepared by Barbara O'Hanlon and commissioned by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
A report on changes in USAID's organizational structure over the last 15 years and its funding of reproductive health and family planning

Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Funding Trends and FPRH Indicators in Sub-Saharan Africa over the Past Two Decades (PDF)
December 2008
Paper prepared by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Redstone Strategy Group, LLC.
This report provides background data on the dramatic shifts in financial support for family planning and reproductive health (FPRH) over the past two decades, and explores the potential relationship between funding trends and FPRH outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.

Closing the Gap (full report with appendices) (PDF)
Closing the Gap (without appendices) (PDF)
June 2008
Report prepared by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Redstone Strategy Group, LLC.
An advocacy strategy to increase demand-driven funding for family planning and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa.