Determinants of foreign aid in family planning: How relevant is the Mexico City Policy?

Abstract

The Mexico City Policy (MCP) prohibits the United States Agency for International Development from providing aid to international non-governmental organizations that provide abortion-related services. This paper employs a panel data of 151 developing countries over the period of 1988-2010, to examine the effect of the MCP on the allocation of family planning aid to developing countries. We find that the MCP has a negative and robust effect on family planning aid. We also find that family planning aid to countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is higher than aid to non-SSA countries, and that high fertility rate countries as well as highly populated countries tend to receive more family planning aid.

Citation

Asiedu, E.; Nanivazo, M.; Nkusu, M. Determinants of foreign aid in family planning: How relevant is the Mexico City Policy? UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland (2013) 18 pp. ISBN 978-92-9230-695-3 [WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/118]

Determinants of foreign aid in family planning: How relevant is the Mexico City Policy?

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