Topic » Youth

More than half of the world’s population in 2008 was under the age of 30. The majority of these youth approaching their childbearing years live in developing countries with limited access to family planning and reproductive health services. More than 14 million girls ages 15-19 give birth each year, and they are twice as likely as women 20-34 to die from pregnancy-related causes.

PAI holds discussions on reproductive health with U.S. university students and provides advocacy grants to support youth-led organizations working on these issues internationally. PAI believes that young people must have access to comprehensive and scientifically accurate reproductive health information, services, and supplies.


Policy Brief

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 »



A Grim Reality: The Reproductive Health of Married Girls

August 5, 2014

One out of every three girls in developing countries is married before the age of 18, and one in nine is married before age 15. In addition to falling victim to early marriage, these girls are typically from rural areas … Continue reading »


Policy Brief

10 Things You Should Know About Family Planning and the Demographic Dividend

November 12, 2013

The demographic dividend is the economic growth that may result from changes to a country’s age structure. The shifts in age structure are driven by a transition from people living short lives and having large families to living long lives … Continue reading »



In the Post-2015 Agenda, Youth Deserve a Seat at the Grown-Ups Table

August 12, 2013

More than half of the world’s population is under 25. Youth are not merely an ‘interest group’ in the Post-2015 agenda, and they deserve more than a thematic consultation or Google+ Hangout with the decision makers, the grown-ups. It is … Continue reading »


A Long Engagement: Why Sustained Investments in Advocacy Matter for Social Change

July 11, 2013

This post was originally published on Humanitas Global Development. Today is World Population Day, and this year’s focus is appropriately on youth and adolescent pregnancy. There are more than 1.2 billion young people in the world, and 87 percent live … Continue reading »


A Girls’ Bathroom, A Basic Right

May 30, 2013

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t an ideal student. My girlfriends and I would often skip class—especially gym—and sneak off to the bathroom.  We would eat snacks, play with makeup and talk about boys, celebrities, or any number of … Continue reading »


She’s Too Tired to Push. That’s Why We Must.

May 29, 2013

She forgot how to push after 22 children. The other woman had given birth 16 times and 4 of her children had died. I am sitting in the audience at Women Deliver 2013, and I wept as these stories were … 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 »


The Future I Want for My Great Grandchildren

May 24, 2012

Achieving global sustainability: The Elders in conversation with young global leaders Nelson Mandela once said that, ‘‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.” The world has been discussing sustainable development way before I was born. Now we have a chance … Continue reading »


Everything I Needed to Know About The UN I Learned in Kindergarten

May 1, 2012

As I predicted last week, the quality of input determines the quality of outcome. My blog in advance of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development, Teens in the Tinderbox, didn’t turn out to be true in the literal sense. … Continue reading »