Mapping the Donor Landscape in Global Health: Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation mapped the geographic landscape of global health donor assistance for family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH).

Recipient countries typically received assistance for FP/RH from multiple different donors. Looking over the period 2009-2011, the report found:

  • The average number of donors present in each recipient country was 8. Eleven recipient countries had more than 15 donors over the study period: Nicaragua (20), Tanzania (20), Ethiopia (19), Kenya (17), Mozambique (17), Bangladesh (16), Cambodia (16), Democratic Republic of the Congo (16), Peru (16), Senegal (16), and Uganda (16).
  • When measured by magnitude of assistance received, the top 10 recipient countries accounted for 29% of total assistance: India (8%), Bangladesh (4%), Nigeria (3%), Pakistan (3%), Afghanistan (2%), Tanzania (2%), Ethiopia (2%), Kenya (2%), Uganda (2%), and the Philippines (2%).

This large number of donors and the geographic breadth of their assistance suggests that ensuring adequate communication and coordination may be important in reducing administrative and opportunity costs faced by recipient countries, achieving additional efficiencies, and helping to foster country ownership by partner countries.  Donor funding for FP/RH was also fairly concentrated among a small number of donors, with the top five donors contributing approximately three quarters of all FP/RH assistance worldwide. This indicates there may be potential vulnerabilities in donor support for FP/RH activities should the scope and/or magnitude of funding commitments from these key donors change in the future.


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