Archive for: Population Reference Bureau


Family Planning and the Gendered Impacts of Crises on Women: An Effective Tool Across Sectors to Support Women’s Empowerment and Build Resilience to Shocks

Women are disproportionately affected by the combined impacts of crises such as COVID-19 and climate change, from spikes in gender-based violence to setbacks in the global workforce and diminished access to basic resources like clean water and firewood. It’s time to prioritize high-impact and multisectoral approaches that can aid in reducing these gendered challenges, such as assuring access to voluntary family planning care as a part of holistic, sustainable development approaches.

Year: 2021

Source: PACE

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How Can Population, Health, and Environment Projects Learn From Family Planning High Impact Practices?

Family Planning High Impact Practices (HIPs) are a set of evidence-based practices developed by experts in the family planning sector that improve family planning and reproductive health outcomes. This webinar, hosted by the PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) project and the Implementing Best Practices Initiative Secretariat, explores how HIPs can be applied in development programs that integrate multiple sectors at the community level, including family planning.

Year: 2019

Source: Population Reference Bureau

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    Scaling Up Integrated Population, Health and Environment Approaches in the Philippines

    From the 1980s-1990s the Philippine Government, with help from the United Nations and the academic community, created poverty alleviation projects that linked Population, Health, and Environment (PHE). These PHE projects focused on improving natural resource management, reproductive health services, enhancing food security, and providing Filipinos with more livelihood options. These integrated projects proved to be successful, creating a desire to spread or “scale-up” the PHE approach. Scaling-up has three components: expansion, replication, and collaboration. This report notes several opportunities for scaling-up, such as reaching out to new locations and people, extending pilot projects to policies at local and national levels, and expanding services to current clients. Another key factor for scaling-up the PHE approach is strengthening the national PHE network. A recap of lessons that have been learned through scaling-up is also included.

    Year: 2008

    Source: World Wildlife Fund | Population Reference Bureau

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      Promoting Resilience Through Family Planning in Kenya

      As Kenya faces drought and recurring food insecurity, building resilience among the nation’s vulnerable populations is more important than ever before. Resilience means how well and how quickly people, their families, communities, and the country can respond to, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses. This video explains how family planning can help to build resilience in Kenya. Developed in partnership with the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and with generous support from USAID Kenya and East Africa through the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) Project, PRB has created a short video that outlines the connections between family planning and resilience in Kenya. This video will be shared with policymakers in Kenya, particularly those from nonhealth sectors, as part of communication strategy that seeks to strengthen commitment to multisectoral approaches to family planning.

      Year: 2017

      Source: Population Reference Bureau

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        Population, Health, and Environment: Integrated Development for East Africa 2007 Conference

        The population, health, environment (PHE) approach to development recognizes the interconnectedness between people and their environment and supports integration and coordination. In November 2007 a PHE Conference was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to promote and enhance PHE approaches. This informative program provides descriptions and objectives on the sessions held, and a list of attendees and session moderators.

        Year: 2007

        Source: Population Reference Bureau

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          Population, Health, and Environment Working Together

          PRB’s ENGAGE presentation, “Population, Health, and Environment Working Together” demonstrates that population, health, and environment initiatives (PHE) can be more effective than single-sector efforts in improving people’s lives. This ENGAGE presentation was created to increase knowledge about and support of PHE, especially among policymakers. As a communication tool for advocates and practitioners, this presentation can be used as a starting point to increase the support and involvement of policymakers, new organizations, donors, and communities in PHE efforts. The presentation explores the impact of several global projects and explains how the PHE approach works to improve health, livelihoods, food security, and natural resources worldwide; highlights success stories over the past several years from select projects around the world; and encourages discussion about the need for increased investment in such projects.

          Year: 2013

          Source: Population Reference Bureau

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            Population, Health, and Environment Conference: Healthy Families, Healthy Environment

            This Population Reference Bureau (PRB) brief from the second international Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Conference, held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in November 2007, shares key conference outcomes on implementation best practices; monitoring and evaluation; networking, advocacy, and media communication; and expanding and institutionalizing PHE interventions. The brief outlines needs, priorities, and ways that PHE implementers and advocates can capitalize on the conference to increase interest in and support of PHE integration.The PHE community came together to share experiences, coordinate efforts, and develop strategies to extend the integrated approach to new rural and remote communities.

            Year: 2014

            Source: Population Reference Bureau

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              Population and Food Security: Africa’s Challenges

              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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                Making the Connection: Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development

                With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Population Reference Bureau and Worldwatch Institute assembled a working group of experts from the climate change, family planning, and development assistance communities to examine the complex relationships between population dynamics and climate compatible development. The group’s goal was to identify approaches and opportunities to advance policy dialogue and policy action to include population dynamics, with an emphasis on family planning, into climate compatible development. The action opportunities fall under four strategic approaches which provide a path forward for groups interested in connecting these issues and ensuring that increasing access to family planning is part of efforts to achieve climate compatible development. Linking population, family planning, and climate change is unconventional for many policymakers. Cross-sectoral initiatives that highlight and integrate synergies in development plans and climate finance programs could reap enormous benefits as we tackle climate change.

                Year: 2014

                Source: Population Reference Bureau | Worldwatch Institute

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                  Linking Population, Health, and Environment in Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar

                  For over a decade community-based projects linking family planning, health, and environment efforts were active in Fianarantsoa province, Madagascar. This brief explores the evolution of cross-sectoral approaches and projects in Fianarantsoa province. The early cross-sectoral initiatives recognized that conservation and management of natural resources could be undermined by high fertility rates, and that addressing health needs would lead to a connection between communities and development practitioners. Evaluations have demonstrated that these projects have reached new audiences, were efficient, and fostered greater community involvement.

                  Year: 2006

                  Source: Population Reference Bureau

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