Foreign Assistance Budget

Foreign assistance accounts for about one percent of the United States' total budget. In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. government appropriated $648.5 million for family planning (including a $55 million contribution to UNFPA), $549 million for maternal and child health, and $5.7 billion for bilateral global HIV/AIDS.

During the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), donor nations agreed to provide one-third of total funding needed in order to meet the unmet need for contraceptives.  For international family planning and reproductive health programs, $1 billion in FY 2010 would be a first step for the United States government to share in the financial commitments necessary to meet this target.  This figure includes $65 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  While $3.2 billion is the actual U.S. fair share needed to achieve universal access to reproductive health care by 2015, $1 billion would help satisfy the unmet family planning need of about 201 million women who have an expressed desire to postpone childbearing, space births, or want no more children and are not using a modern method of contraception.6 U.S. bilateral funding for international family planning assistance has declined by about $100 million since 1995.