Making Country Ownership a Reality – An NGO Perspective

July 12, 2007

Mercedes Mas de Xaxás and Carolyn Gibb Vogel Country stakeholders – governments, parliamentarians and civil society – have always been challenged by a limited ability to influence decisions made at the international level. With international donors now seeking to move … Continue reading »


Progress & Promises – Trends in International Assistance for Reproductive Health and Population

May 1, 2007

Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Why Population Assistance Matters Chapter 2: The Policy Environment for Population Assistance Chapter 3: Trends in Population Assistance Chapter 4: Geographic and Program Priorities Chapter 5: Population Assistance Channels Conclusion: Building on Progress, Fulfilling … Continue reading »


Poor Access to Health Services: Ways Ethiopia is Overcoming It

April 23, 2007

Nada Chaya Weak infrastructure and limited distribution systems in low-income countries complicate access to health services, especially in rural areas. Government health outlets may be relatively few and widely dispersed, and private-sector sources often favor wealthier urban areas, resulting in uneven … Continue reading »


The Shape of Things to Come – Why Age Structure Matters To A Safer, More Equitable World

April 11, 2007

  Updated Report available: The Shape of Things to Come: The Effects of Age Structure on Development By Elizabeth Leahy with Robert Engelman, Carolyn Gibb Vogel, Sarah Haddock and Tod Preston What follows is the result of more than two years of … Continue reading »


What You Need to Know to Apply for U.S. Government Funding for Community-Based Projects Linking Reproductive Health and Natural Resource Management

February 1, 2007

Since 2001, the U.S. Congress has encouraged the U.S. Agency for International Development – USAID, the agency that dispenses foreign development assistance – to implement family planning and related reproductive health programs in areas where biological diversity is threatened and … Continue reading »


Policy Empowers – Condom Use Among Sex Workers in the Dominican Republic

January 1, 2007

By Sarah Haddock HIV prevention has long been approached at the level of individual behaviors, operating to some extent under the assumption that behavior is determined by a person’s conscious decisions. However, a paradigm shift toward considering the physical and … Continue reading »


Uncharted Waters – The Impact of U.S. Policy in Vietnam

December 1, 2006

By Wendy Turnbull Vietnam—a vibrant country of 84 million people—is experiencing rapid economic growth and unprecedented societal change ushered in by globalization. This is posing interesting possibilities and challenges for U.S. assistance and policy. In June 2004, the Bush Administration … Continue reading »


Demographic Development – Reversing Course?

November 1, 2006

By Elizabeth Leahy With the largest population in Africa, Nigeria’s political and economic developments reverberate across the continent. Nigeria chairs the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and is the eighth largest oil exporting country in the world. More … Continue reading »


What Would Have Been: Exploring Counterfactuals in Demography and Health

October 1, 2006

By Robert Engelman Whatever one’s view about population as an issue, few people fervently wish the world were home to a lot more human beings than it is. Some may wonder if another Mahatma Gandhi or an Albert Einstein or … Continue reading »


The Changing Face of Foreign Assistance – New Funding Paradigms Offer a Challenge and Opportunity for Family Planning

September 1, 2006

By Carolyn Gibb Vogel New foreign assistance strategies that aim to encourage ownership by recipients while still effectively reducing poverty are laudable. They offer the hope of increased financial support to overall global development—a bigger pie—but they also pose significant … Continue reading »