Policy & Issue Briefs


Population and Climate Change Data Sheet

April 22, 2010

This global data sheet provides data on 15 key national-level population and climate change indicators for all countries of the world. It contains data tables, narrative text, and images explaining critical population-climate change relationships.  By highlighting select demographic, health, socioeconomic, … Continue reading »


The Shape of Things to Come: The Effects of Age Structure on Development

April 2, 2010

Update of The Shape of Things to Come (2007): The Shape of Things to Come – Why Age Structure Matters To A Safer, More Equitable World Today, the world has the largest generation of young people in history, with 3.6 billion … Continue reading »


Meeting the Development and Health Needs of 215 Million Women: U.S. International Family Planning Goals

April 1, 2010

U.S. international family planning assistance is one of the great success stories in the history of U.S. development assistance. In 2007, 56.5 million women in the developing world were using modern contraception as a direct result of U.S. support.2 Many … Continue reading »


Funding Common Ground Report Summary

April 1, 2010

Suzanna Dennis and Clive Mutunga 2010 is a pivotal time to build financial support for international reproductive health, including family planning and maternal health. Despite a global financial crisis, donors are mobilizing around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially around … Continue reading »


Why Family Planning and Reproductive Health are Critical to the Well-Being of Youth

October 23, 2009

An unprecedented number of young people are entering their reproductive years, most of whom live in the developing world. U.S. policy makers should assist in effort to ensure that youth worldwide are able to make informed decisions about their sexuality … 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 »


The Importance of Population for Climate Change Challenges and Solutions

June 8, 2009

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. It has been historically driven by an atmospheric build-up of greenhouse gases (GHGs) generated mostly by the industrialized world. The consequences of climate change—more intense hurricanes … 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 »


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 »


Family Planning – A Crucial Intervention for HIV-positive Women

May 1, 2007

Each year, over 600,000 children around the world are infected with HIV through mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT), totaling 2.3 million children living with HIV or AIDS today.1 The majority of these infections is occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and are acquired from mothers during … Continue reading »