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Expanding Contraceptive Method Choice for Successful Family Planning Programs

September 2017: Report 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.

Workshop Examines Benefit of Canning-Karra-Wilde Model in Policy Planning in Africa

September 2017: Article Researchers from the Population and Poverty Research Network (PopPov) have developed a macroeconomic model that estimates the impact of fertility declines on economic growth. The CKW Model was developed by PopPop researchers David Canning and Mahesh Karra from Harvard University and Joshua Wilde from University of South Florida. The model is especially useful in country-level policy planning. PRB and the researchers held a workshop on the model and have made a slide deck available.

The Effect of Reproductive Health Improvements on Women's Economic Empowerment

September 2017: Report Women’s access to employment, business opportunities, and financial resources are widely seen as critical to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. This report reviews the Population and Poverty (PopPov) Research Network’s most rigorous results from the past 10 years with attention to the effect of reproductive health improvements on women’s economic empowerment.

New Studies Bolster U.S. Smoking Prevention Efforts

August 2017: Article To better design and target anti-smoking efforts, researchers are examining stress, genes linked to nicotine addiction, and neighborhood/family characteristics to identify who smokes today and why. About 15 percent of U.S. adults now smoke, down from 45 percent in 1965.

Two New Policy Briefs Focus on Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan and Malawi

August 2017: Article Recent research suggests linking family planning to broader development goals may alleviate of rapid population growth and associated pressures upon natural and human resources. Reducing unintended pregnancies through voluntary family planning is one clear way of easing such pressures.

2017 World Population Data Sheet

August 2017: Datasheet The global population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, up from 7.5 billion now, according to the 2017 World Population Data Sheet. This year’s edition includes a special focus on the world’s youth (ages 15-24), with indicators and analytical graphics that assess whether youth are poised to become productive adults.

Family Planning Enhances Development Prospects

August 2017: Report Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is poised to emerge as an important global player, registering impressive economic growth averaging 4.7 percent annually over the last two decades. However, it scores lowest among major world regions in key factors of economic competitiveness and faces growing environmental challenges that inhibit both economic and human development. More than one-third of people living in SSA have no access to improved drinking water, a problem that disproportionately affects women, girls, and those living in rural areas.

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Ethiopia

August 2017: Article Ethiopia, with a current population of about 100 million, has achieved gains in several major health indicators that place it in a favorable position to benefit from a demographic dividend in the future.

Ethiopia Potential to Reap a Demographic Dividend

August 2017: Article Declining mortality and fertility rates are transitioning Ethiopia toward an age structure that has the potential to provide significant economic benefit.

Well-Being of U.S. Latino Youth Differs by Ethnic Background

July 2017: Article Latino children, who make up one-fourth of the population under age 18 in the United States, have made progress over the past 10 to 15 years in several key areas of well-being according to a report co-authored by PRB and the National Council of La Raza. However, these children come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin, and there are pronounced differences in the well-being of Latino children with different ethnic or national origins.

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