(July 2014) This month the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) will begin a new stage in its partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Population and Poverty Research Initiative (PopPov). With renewed funding from the Hewlett Foundation, PRB will shift its focus outward from the PopPov Network to engage policy audiences with results from PopPov projects and related research and to build researchers’ and advocates’ capacity to communicate these results. (See Hewlett Foundation’s program officer Helena Choi’s reflections on accomplishments of the initiative and future directions http://www.hewlett.org/blog/posts/should-we-film-sequel-lessons-evaluation-population-and-poverty-research-initiative .)
Since 2006, PRB has partnered with the Hewlett Foundation in implementing the PopPov initiative to develop evidence on the economic impact of population dynamics and reproductive health while reinvigorating interest in economic demography. From 2006 through 2010, PRB managed the solicitation and administration of research grants for U.S.-based researchers and their international partners. PRB also organized research meetings and workshops for researchers and stakeholders as the network grew. In 2011, PRB officially took on the role of PopPov Secretariat to work more closely with European funding partners in the initiative and to disseminate research findings as they developed.
In the PopPov Research Network, over 100 researchers have addressed research questions relevant to social, health, and economic issues in 70 countries. Their work has shed light on pathways through which fertility, health, and population growth affect economic growth (as measured by gross domestic product, GDP) at the national level. Other work has provided insight on the relationships between fertility histories, reproductive health, and girls’ education, women’s labor force participation and their economic contributions to the household.
News about the latest publications from projects as well as research summaries and interviews are at www.poppov.org.