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Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub

The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub was created by Population Reference Bureau through the Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project. Through the Resource Hub, PRB assists family planning advocacy partners in Africa and Asia in meeting their needs for tailored, effective communications products in a timely manner. Each of our products is customized for the user, the local advocacy initiative, and the targeted audiences.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Challenge

As advocacy organizations engage with a range of decisionmakers to achieve their family planning policy goals, they need diversified communication messages and tools grounded in local evidence to address their different audiences’ priorities.

Analysis and synthesis of data and research are at the core of PRB’s technical work on family planning and reproductive health issues. The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub products reflect our deep experience inspiring policymakers to strengthen their commitments to family planning and related issues.

Through the Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub, we deliver evidence-based content in compelling formats that make data and information accessible to expert and generalist audiences alike. The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub was created under PRB’s Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project.

Evidence-Based Communication Products Tailored to Your Needs

PRB works together with family planning advocacy partners in Africa and Asia to create customized, impactful communications materials that propel their advocacy efforts. We customize materials based on partners’ advocacy needs, goals, and existing capacity for end results that help to achieve quick wins. To date, PRB has developed a number of innovative products, including videos, policy briefs, multimedia presentations, a comic book, pocket-sized infographics, and factsheets to support national and subnational advocacy.

Working with PRB has given us immense clarity on the three main points of developing an advocacy collateral—the audience, why, and how.

Dr. Sanchika Gupta, Former Program Officer, Jhpiego India


The materials created under the Advocacy Resource Hub have contributed to the use of evidence in family planning policies and decisionmaking in multiple partner countries.

  • DSW Kenya advocates and others convinced Nyandarua County’s health department to set aside funds in their annual workplan for family planning sensitization and staff training on youth-friendly services.
  • Jhpiego India‘s advocacy efforts helped convince policymakers in Jharkhand State to develop an adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health strategy document.
  • The Forum for Family Planning and Development in the Philippines used materials to clarify misconceptions about family planning methods among elected officials, who used the information they learned about specific family planning methods to draft ordinances in support of reproductive health.
  • The Association for Reproductive and Family Health‘s sub-national advocacy efforts in Nigeria led to the Kwara State Director of Public Health committing to include DMPA-SC in the family planning budget and making sure this method is always available at public facilities.
  • Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development Uganda received a signed commitment from the minister of health to increase the national budget for family planning commodities.
  • Femmes Santé et Développement‘s advocacy in Cameroon led the Ministry of Health to evaluate the implementation of Adolescent Reproductive Health Units and begin developing a strategy for strengthening them.
  • Faith to Action Network convinced the East African Legislative Assembly parliamentarians to retable the East African Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Bill for discussion and approval.

Call for Applications From Youth Advocates

The application process has closed. Due to the large volume of applications, we will be able to notify only those individuals who are invited to attend. Notifications will be sent the week of Nov. 11, 2019.

Learn more about our work:


Who: Youth advocates ages 18 to 30 based in eastern, southern, and western Africa

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Please note that participants should plan to stay between the afternoons of December 2 and December 6, 2019.

What: GOAL Malawi and PRB will host a workshop to introduce active young advocates to the topic of population, environment, and development (PED), and teach them about evidence-based policy communication. Participants will learn how to define policy goals, identify target audiences, and craft communication objectives.

Outcomes: By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how issues such as family planning/reproductive health, natural resource management, conservation, and community development are interlinked. They will be able to translate data and evidence into clear messages about the role PED investments and policies can play in community and natural development. Participants will also leave the workshop with a policy communication activity that they develop, related to PED in their own countries and communities.

Participants will receive follow-up technical support to implement their activity.


Call for Applications


PRB staff are experts in global health, population data and trends, and U.S. Census data. We also provide training in issues-based journalism and policy communication.

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Management of Complex Technical Programs

At PRB, we have the expertise, infrastructure, and global networks to take on some of the world’s most complex population and health challenges on behalf of our funders and partners.

Many of our partnerships span decades, built on good faith relationships established by our direct experiences with individuals and organizations across the globe at the intersection of the environment, health, family planning, and population.

We work with a wide range of partners in sectors including government, nonprofit, research, business, and philanthropy. Our approach focuses on evidence, audience, and context.

For more than 30 years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has relied on PRB to build the capacity of organizations around the world to accurately and effectively convey messages to decisionmakers that propel changes in areas such as gender, family planning, and reproductive health. Our capacity-building approach supports partners on the journey to self-reliance. We work with longstanding partners to provide resources and limited, highly specific technical assistance. For those facing institutional challenges, we provide a full suite of support, including mentorship from peer institutions, technical training, and collaborative creation of communications materials.

Researchers and decisionmakers have relied on PRB’s expertise to oversee multiple programs for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2013. In partnership with the Census Bureau, PRB created and manages communities to support researchers, data users, and policymakers working with American Community Survey (ACS) data; organizes annual ACS Data Users conferences; and plays a key role in the creation of Census Bureau data products.

PRB’s manages multiple complex technical programs for several partners and clients around the world each year.


Social and Environmental Dimensions of Health

For 20 years, PRB has been connecting human health and planetary health to show how population dynamics, including family planning, and environmental change interact and affect human and planetary well-being.

Humans and the environment are inextricably linked. Population size and age, fertility, mobility, settlement patterns, and resource availability and consumption all influence the impact we have on the environment.

Solving the complex challenges that we face today demands a better understanding of how these aspects of population impact the environment, how environmental change impacts our health and well-being, and what can be done to address these issues. Through PRB’s People, Health, Planet activities, we aim to:

  • Increase awareness among decisionmakers, key stakeholders, and advocates about the linkages between human and planetary health, environmental conservation, and reproductive health.
  • Build leadership and capacity to work on and communicate about human and planetary health, including projects and research classified as population, health, and environment (PHE).
  • Conduct and share research on the role of family planning in sustainable development and the connections between improving reproductive health and key development sectors, such as climate change, resilience, food security, nutrition, and women’s empowerment.
  • Develop and support international, regional, and country-level networks and communities of practice for information sharing and collaboration on human and planetary health.

Learn more about our People, Health, Planet activities

Population, Health, Environment (PHE) resources

  • PHE Global Health E-Learning Course. As part of efforts to share cross-cutting information and increase dialogue and visibility of multisectoral approaches, PRB launched a revised PHE course for USAID’s Global Health e-Learning (GHeL) Center, managed by the Knowledge 4 Health project (K4Health). The course includes new modules on policy, advocacy, and communication; scale up; and the SDGs, as well as information on PHE linkages with climate change adaptation and mitigation. It is available in English, French, and Spanish.
  • PHE toolkit. This redesigned toolkit, launched in 2016 and updated regularly, showcases the best and most recent resources, along with classic Population, Health, and Environment reference materials.
  • The Impact of Population, Health, and Environment Projects: A Synthesis of the Evidence. Written for the Evidence Project, this working paper synthesizes available research from the latest PHE projects, identifying the benefits of integrated projects and gaps in the evidence base.
  • Population, Health, Environment, and Development Activity Map. This map identifies every field-based PHE project, funder, and organization around the world focused on policy/advocacy research and learning.