Journal Article

Aligning funding and need for family planning: A diagnostic methodology

With limited international resources for family planning, donors must decide how to allocate their funds to different countries. How can a donor for family planning decide whether countries are adequately prioritized for funding? This article proposes an ordinal ranking framework to identify under-prioritized countries by rank-ordering countries by their need for family planning and separately rank-ordering them by their development assistance for family planning. Countries for which the rank of the need for family planning is lower than the rank of its funding are deemed under-prioritized. We implement this diagnostic methodology to identify under-prioritized countries that have a higher need but lower development assistance for family planning. This approach indicates whether a country is receiving less compared to other countries with similar levels of need.

Published in a peer-reviewed journal of the Population Council. Victoria Y. Fan is Assistant Professor, Office of Public Health Studies, Myron B. Thompson School of Social 
Work, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu; Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC; and FXB Scholar, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Sunja Kim is Research Analyst, Office of Public Health Studies, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu. Seemoon Choi is Assistant Research Professor, Institute of Health and Environment, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University. Karen A. Grépin is Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.