Policy & Issue Briefs


Now Is the Time to Address the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Youth

August 14, 2014

There are more young people in the world today than at any other point in history. That means the world needs to prioritize the sexual and reproductive health of young people immediately, because the world can’t afford to wait. Our … Continue reading »


No Exceptions: How The Helms Amendment Hurts Women And Endangers Lives

July 31, 2014

The Helms Amendment is a longstanding legislative restriction on the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health program that hampers critical efforts to address the serious problem of unsafe abortion around the world. The Amendment prohibits the use of … Continue reading »


Population Dynamics, Environment, and Sustainable Development in Kenyan Counties

July 28, 2014

The combined effects of climate change and rapid population growth are increasing food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty levels in the 47 newly-defined counties in Kenya. Unless these issues are fully prioritized in development strategies and implemented in an integrated … Continue reading »


Data Shows Americans Support International Family Planning and Reproductive Health

March 12, 2014

The latest data shows an overwhelming number of Americans from every political party in every area of the country support international family planning and reproductive health. Surprised? The data speaks for itself: 91 percent of Americans believe “every woman on … Continue reading »


Integrated Population, Health and Environment: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

February 26, 2014

What is PHE? Population, Health and Environment (PHE) is an integrated community-based approach to development. PHE projects acknowledge and address the complex connections between families, their health, and their environment. Learn more by downloading PAI’s PHE brief. Why integrate PHE? People … Continue reading »


Gender-Based Violence: A Threat to Women’s Reproductive Health

January 10, 2014

Gender-based violence (GBV) knows no boundaries. It cuts across societies, classes, races, religions and ethnicities, affecting an estimated one in three women in the course of her lifetime. While some acts of GBV have garnered public attention, such as armed … Continue reading »


10 Things You Should Know About Family Planning and the Demographic Dividend

November 12, 2013

The demographic dividend is the economic growth that may result from changes to a country’s age structure. The shifts in age structure are driven by a transition from people living short lives and having large families to living long lives … Continue reading »


Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Kenya

January 28, 2013

The combined effects of climate change and population dynamics in Kenya are increasing food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty. However, these two issues are not prioritized and addressed together in the country’s development plans. The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) … Continue reading »


Why Population Matters to Security

January 15, 2013

Demographic trends influence political stability and security. Over the past several decades, countries in which at least 60 percent of the population is younger than 30 have been more likely to experience outbreaks of conflict than countries with a more … Continue reading »


Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa – Policy Brief

September 11, 2012

Population growth is occurring more rapidly in Africa than in other regions of the world, increasing vulnerability to climate change impacts and undermining sustainable development efforts on the continent. Indeed, most sub-Saharan development policies note that the region’s rapid population … Continue reading »