Topic » Population Trends and Demography



Pakistan’s Demographic Challenge Is Not Just Economic

November 16, 2009

Originally published in The New Security Beat In a meeting with business leaders in Lahore in late October, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pointedly warned of the potential economic impacts of Pakistan’s rapidly growing population: “There has to be…in … Continue reading »


How Do Recent Population Trends Matter To Climate Change?

April 30, 2009

by Leiwen Jiang and Karen Hardee Summary Strong evidence exists showing that demographic change is closely associated with greenhouse gas emissions, and that population dynamics will play a key role in attempts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of … Continue reading »



Smaller Population Size in the New UN Population Projection Depends on Expanded Access to Family Planning

March 16, 2009

The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs released the 21st round of its official global population projection, the 2008 Revision, on March 11, 2009. The 2008 Revision suggests that under a medium variant assumption, … Continue reading »


Pearls of Wisdom

October 27, 2008

Carrie Epps is PAI’s Fall 2008 Communications Intern. In addition to Tod’s post from last month, it’s not only world leaders, governmental officials, scientists, and scholars that are talking about population.  This Pearls Before Swine comic, printed in more than … Continue reading »


Population, Fertility and Family Planning in Pakistan: A Program in Stagnation

October 6, 2008

Karen Hardee and Elizabeth Leahy Since 2001, the geopolitical significance of Pakistan has become increasingly clear to the world, as has the country’s instability. Throughout this decade, Pakistan has suffered from growing strife, including, in the last year, the assassination … Continue reading »



More Leaders Agree: Population is a Critical Humanitarian Issue

July 16, 2008

Several PAI staff attended the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign annual Tribute Dinner yesterday evening, where Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was honored for his “leadership in support of the U.S. International Affairs Budget.”  Surprisingly, in his remarks, Secretary Gates mentioned … Continue reading »


The 5th African Population Conference

December 11, 2007

Here in lush, tranquil Arusha, Tanzania, a boisterous chorus of roosters greets you far too early in the morning as if to announce, “Welcome to the 5th African Population Conference!” Team PAI is here amidst the vast coffee and tea … Continue reading »


Impact the Shape of Things to Come: Invest in Women and Youth

October 9, 2007

PAI’s recent study, The Shape of Things to Come: Why Age Structure Matters to a Safer, More Equitable World, was a hot topic in Washington last week when it drew a panel of experts to the Woodrow Wilson International Center … Continue reading »

Data & Maps

The Shape of Things To Come Interactive Database

June 1, 2007

The Shape of Things to Come Interactive Database brings the findings of this landmark publication to life. With just a few mouse clicks you can compare population profiles of up to three countries at a time, view world age structure … 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 »