Archive for: Sub-Saharan Africa


This report calls on governments, donors, and civil society to invest more in population and climate change work, to address the two issues together in policies and programs, and to build the technical capacity to develop programs and research. Ensuring women in sub-Saharan Africa who wish to avoid pregnancy have access to family planning can reduce population pressures and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts. It can also help meet other development goals, including reducing poverty and maternal mortality, and improving education.

Year: 2012

Source: PAI | African Institute for Development Policy

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 240 million people lack adequate food for a healthy, active lifestyle. This policy brief examines trends in population growth, fertility, and family planning in sub-Saharan Africa and makes the case that investments in women and family planning are necessary to fulfill future food needs. Food security and nutrition advocates must add their voices to support investments in women and girls and voluntary family planning as essential complements to agriculture and food policy solutions.

Year: 2012

Source: Population Reference Bureau

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This is the last issue of the USAID-funded Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) Project newsletter. It provides an overview of the Project’s best practices and lessons learned from promoting and strengthening capacity among population, health and environment (PHE) champions and implementing organizations, strengthening the global PHE community of practice and adapting and scaling-up PHE approaches in Africa and Asia. BALANCED worked to expand the number of organizations and practitioners using the PHE approach, tools and methodologies in countries with significant biodiversity and population pressures. BALANCED also trained over 2,000 people from eight countries in Africa and Asia. The BALANCED workshops and substantial post-training support and mentoring led 21 organizations in eight countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and the Philippines) to incorporate PHE tools and protocols into their work. The Project also developed or adapted 21 tools, methodologies, guides, curricula, and technical reports.

Year: 2013

Source: The BALANCED Project

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Produced by World Wildlife Fund and the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, this manual aims to raise awareness of the links between HIV/AIDS and the environment, and provide guidance to conservation organizations on actions they can take to reduce the impacts on their organizations, the local communities they partner with, and the environment. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is having serious impacts on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In light of these impacts, this manual is designed to help conservation organizations plan and take action to protect staff, the communities in which they work, and the natural resources and biodiversity they aim to conserve. Suggested interventions include workplace actions, training strategies, community actions and scaling up responses among the broader conservation community.

Year: 2013

Source: World Wildlife Fund | Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group

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Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is undergoing major transformations. In the last decade, the region has experienced strong economic growth, reduced maternal and infant deaths, increased levels of education, and new advances in technologies and telecommunications—creating the conditions for a robust future. However, recent economic growth rates have slowed, underscoring the need for new strategies. Persistent high rates of population growth threaten to undermine future economic growth as well as other social and development advancements. In addition, more than 335 million people live in poverty and many are left out of the progress. The great challenges leaders face are how to cope with growing populations, reduce poverty and inequity, build the resilience of those most vulnerable, be competitive in today’s global economy, and improve people’s lives without compromising the environment or the well-being of future generations.

Tackling these challenges requires cross-sectoral collaboration, innovative approaches, and making the most of all available interventions. Family planning is one intervention that could and should be further leveraged. This review examines the critical role of voluntary family planning in Africa’s future. It provides an overview of the status of family planning over the last five years, and explores family planning’s tremendous potential to make a difference in many of the social and economic obstacles facing SSA today.

Year: 2016

Source: Population Reference Bureau

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The FP-SDGs Model is an evidence-based advocacy tool that projects medium- and long-term effects of three different family planning scenarios, capturing the significant impact that contraceptive use has on SDG achievement. The model can be applied in any country, and allows users to design multiple scenarios to show how investments in family planning, education, and the economy can accelerate progress toward the SDGs. By showcasing the benefits of contraceptive use related to health, society, and the economy, the model provides evidence that supports investments in family planning at national and subnational levels.

Results from country-level applications of the model enable users to:

  • Make the case for family planning financial investments and policy and programmatic improvements
  • Mainstream family planning across development sectors

Year: 2018

Source: Health Policy Plus

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The Cheetah Conservation Fund joins the Population & Sustainability Network and Margaret Pyke Trust to share why and how the Cheetah Conservation Fund is promoting human reproductive health and rights as a component of its world-renowned research and conservation of cheetahs.

Year: 2018

Source: Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB)

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