Population Reference Bureau

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  • The Dynamics of Family Planning

    Since the early 1960s, many countries have instituted large-scale programs to provide contraceptive protection to their populations. Since that time, hundreds of national surveys have been conducted and statistics have been collected from clinics and health centers at local levels. The rich data sets that have appeared over the years permit insights into the dynamics of how large-scale family planning programs do and do not work well.

  • Beware of Zombie Statistics … Even When It’s Not Halloween

    Do women really own less than 2 percent of the world’s land? Do women constitute 70 percent of the world’s poor? Do women provide between 60 percent and 80 percent of the agricultural labor in Africa? Do widely cited statistics like these mean they are backed up with solid research?

  • Expanding Contraceptive Method Choice for Successful Family Planning Programs

    Successful family planning programs listen to the different needs of clients and respond with strategies that expand informed, voluntary contraceptive choice: offering a range of affordable contraceptive methods; providing client-centered, comprehensive counseling; employing a variety of service delivery approaches; and ensuring continuous supplies of contraceptive commodities. Expanding individuals’ contraceptive choices supports increased and continuous contraceptive use, enabling more women and couples to realize their ambitions for themselves and their families and helping communities and nations achieve their development goals. This web feature and accompanying brief explore the rationale for expanding contraceptive choice.