Topic » Environment

Rapid population growth creates pressure on basic resources such as water, forests and land, as well as threatening plant and animal species with extinction. Providing family planning to the millions of couples who want it can reduce this pressure.

PAI research shows that family planning and natural resource conservation are an effective combination that can improve economic development, public health and environmental sustainability. PAI advocates that reproductive health always be included among the components of international development programs.



Time for Examination: My Visit to a Community Clinic in Khulna, Bangladesh

December 4, 2012

In October of this year, I had the opportunity to visit the Khulna office of Eminence. I was struck by the stark facilities: a bare office, minimum materials, a remote location – and one staff member, with big arms, a … Continue reading »


Drumbeats of Change from Malawi

November 26, 2012

  Traveling to Africa, the continent of my birth, right after the U.S. elections results is particularly rewarding for me. Of course, there is palpable delight prevailing throughout the continent on the re-election of President Obama. Yet my excitement has … Continue reading »


Women at the Center – PAI goes to Portland

October 26, 2012

Through generous support from the United Nations Foundation, PAI co-hosted a dinner and networking event on September 27th in Portland, Oregon focusing on climate change, consumption and reproductive health, and the role of women and girls as agents of change. … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

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 »


Policy Brief

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 »



Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa

September 11, 2012

A region’s population dynamics, including the size, distribution and composition of its population, influence its prospects for sustainable development. Virtually all development policies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cite the region’s rapid population growth, urbanization, and age structure as major challenges. … Continue reading »



Friends Like These

June 22, 2012

Cross-posted to Ms. Magazine Like many, I went to Rio full of expectations.  I had been feeding off of the hype around Rio for months: “This UN conference will be a seminal moment in history!” “The outcomes from Rio +20 … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

People in the Balance

June 20, 2012

The updated People in the Balance database illustrates how population exerts pressure on available natural resources, especially in countries experiencing rapid population growth. The database provides information about the availability of three critical resources: freshwater, cropland and forests. It also … Continue reading »


A Sustainable Samba: Sex, Rights, and Health at Rio+20

June 14, 2012

There’s an African proverb which says “when you’re dancing in the village square, it’s the onlookers who can judge whether you’re dancing well or not.” As the UN negotiations at Rio+20 unfold this week, youth advocates will be watching the … Continue reading »


Exploring the Connections between Research and Advocacy

May 25, 2012

In early May, PAI traveled to San Francisco for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA). PAI staff joined 2,100 participants for three days of sessions covering a broad range of topics in the population field. … Continue reading »