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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.

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Event in Nairobi Puts Policymakers, Youth in Conversation

September 2017: Event On Sept. 19, 2017, We Are Kenya’s Future: Young People and Our Nation’s Growth officially launched in Nairobi, Kenya during a co-hosted event with Population Reference Bureau, Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), and National Council for Population and Development (NCPD). The event showcased youth voices on the demographic dividend and created space for meaningful dialogue between policymakers and young people. Kenya has demonstrated how political leadership can define and build consensus for measurable policy actions to propel the country towards a demographic dividend, as is shown through Kenya’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap, which was presented during the event.

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.

Two Winners of 120 Under 40 are PRB Policy Fellows Alumni

September 2017: Event Among this year’s 40 awardees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health were two PRB training alumni: Allen Kabagenyi from Uganda who was in the 2013/14 cohort of PRB’s flagship Policy Fellows program and Nissily Mushani from Malawi who participated in a PRB country-based policy communication training in 2013.

Data in New Wallchart Show Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Declining in Many Countries

February 2017: Datasheet New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than previous generations of women.

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.

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.

Family Planning and Girls’ Education: Antidotes to Climate Change

July 2017: Article A few years ago, environmental activist and author Paul Hawken recruited a large team to assess and model practical solutions to climate change, based on available data and research from numerous sources. The results are summarized in Drawdown, a book edited by Hawken that identifies 100 substantive ways for people, governments, and companies to reduce the pace of global warming over the next 30 years.

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