Financing the Delivery of Contraceptives: The Challenge of the Next Twenty Years

  • Duff G. Gillespie
  • Harry E. Cross
  • John G. Crowley
  • Scott R. Radloff
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


The developing world has dramatically changed its attitudes and behavior toward fertility in the past 20 years. When the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) started its program in the mid-1960s, there were perhaps 15 million family planning users in the Third World, excluding the People’s Republic of China.1 Today, there are more than 200 million. Prevalence for all methods has increased during the same period, from 15 percent of married women of reproductive age in the late 1960s to about 40 percent in 1988. These dramatic shifts in behavior have accompanied changes in governmental and donor policies. The perception of governments and donors has been transformed from one of near indifference and inaction 25 years ago to one of intense concern and activity today. In the mid-1960s, donor support for family planning amounted to a few million dollars. Today, that figure exceeds one-half billion dollars. The changing political environment is highlighted by the fact that most developing country governments currently have population policies favoring lower fertility.


Family Planning Total Fertility Rate Family Planning Service Family Planning Program Contraceptive User 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duff G. Gillespie
  • Harry E. Cross
  • John G. Crowley
  • Scott R. Radloff

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