Policy & Issue Briefs


More Funding Needed for International Reproductive Health

April 11, 2011

Suzanna Dennis The international community has repeatedly recognized the importance of achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, with reinvigorated efforts in 2010. Although sexual and reproductive health has proven a wise use of development dollars, donors and governments … 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Malawi

September 11, 2012

Malawi is one of 15 population and climate change hotspots characterized by a high population growth rate, a high projected decline in agricultural production, and low resilience to climate change. In addition, Malawi faces severe water scarcity. The combined effects … Continue reading »


Promoting Family Planning/Reproductive Health-HIV/AIDS Integration

July 30, 2012

This policy brief looks at how the “integration” principle and the “country ownership” principle are applied to FP/RH and HIV/AIDS services and civil society engagement in the Global Health Initiative country strategies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Continue reading »


Questions and Answers on Female Genital Mutilation

January 2, 2007

Q. What is female genital mutilation (FGM)? A. Female genital mutilation (sometimes erroneously called “female circumcision”) refers to three different kinds of cutting procedures performed on the external genitalia (vulva) of young girls or women. The three basic types of FGM are: … Continue reading »