Policy & Issue Briefs


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 »


7 Billion and Counting

July 11, 2011

The world’s population will reach 7 billion people on Oct. 31, 2011, and according to United Nations projections, we are on pace to add 3 billion or more by the end of this century. Already, millions of women in developing … Continue reading »


A Measure of Survival

October 15, 2007

Pregnancy and childbirth are deadly to more than half a million women worldwide every year—a fact that is unacceptable, but not unavoidable. Despite twenty years of campaigning to improve their sexual and reproductive health, the risk of dying in pregnancy … Continue reading »


Are Nations Meeting Commitments to Fund Reproductive Health?

December 1, 2004

In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, 179 nations endorsed an approach to improving reproductive health based on meeting individual needs and respecting human rights. They pledged to share the costs needed to … Continue reading »


Climate Change Adaptation

October 1, 2009

As global climate change unfolds, its effects are being felt disproportionately in the world’s poorest countries and among the groups of people least able to cope. Many of the countries hardest hit by the effects of climate change also face … Continue reading »


Climate Change, Migration and Population Growth

July 21, 2010

Drought, floods, severe weather and other effects of climate change have begun to threaten communities in many parts of the world. These impacts will worsen in the future, contributing to growing human migration as vulnerable people seek safer, more stable … Continue reading »


Community-Based Population and Environment Programs – Integrating Resource Conservation and Reproductive Health

May 1, 2001

What does ‘Community-Based Population and Environment’ mean? The term—CBPE for short—refers to the linkages between services that combine aspects of natural resources conservation or similar environmental work and the provision of reproductive health services, including family planning. Why link reproductive health … Continue reading »

Comprehensive HIV Prevention

July 1, 2008

In 2007, more than 6,800 people became infected with HIV every day, and new HIV infections outnumbered persons receiving treatment by nearly 3 to 1. Comprehensive HIV prevention—including both condoms and contraceptives—must become a top priority in the continued fight against … Continue reading »


Contraceptive Use Helps Reduce the Incidence of Abortion

August 1, 2005

Nearly 80 million unintended pregnancies occur worldwide every year. More than half of these pregnancies end in abortion, often in countries where abortion is illegal and access to contraception is limited. Access to voluntary family planning services, including contraception, is … 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 »