(July 2015) To act, decisionmakers need ideas—and the will to implement them. Effective policy engagement requires providing decisionmakers with accurate data, compelling stories and concise synthesis of applicable knowledge. On July 15, a panel of Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Wilson Center, and Family Planning 2020 experts, including PRB’s Susan Rich, vice president of Global Partnerships; Jason Bremner, associate vice president of International Programs; and Sandra Mapemba, Malawi country coordinator, shared their experiences with repositioning population and family planning as development priorities and their advice for increasing political commitment for policies and programs designed to make women and girls, men and boys, healthier and more productive.

Watch the PRB video interview with Mapema below.

Through the USAID-funded IDEA Project—Informing Decisionmakers to Act—PRB and the Wilson Center provide evidence-based, accessible, cutting-edge communications; train and support U.S. and international media to influence policy change; build the communications capacity of institutions, researchers, and advocates; and nurture communities of policy champions.