Elizabeth Leahy Madsen is a program director in International Programs. She leads PRB’s Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project and serves as deputy director for global programs on PACE. Madsen has 16 years’ experience developing and implementing research and advocacy programs, specializing in family planning policy, political demography, modeling, and the intersections between population and multisectoral development. Before joining PRB in 2016, Madsen was a senior technical advisor at Palladium/Futures Group and a senior research associate at PAI. She is the author of dozens of technical reports, journal articles, book chapters, and online essays and has managed partnerships in more than 10 countries. Madsen holds a master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s in international relations from Knox College.
Which Policies Promote a Demographic Dividend? An Evidence Review
The demographic dividend—the prospect for accelerated economic growth driven by a country’s maturing age structure—has captivated the attention of policymakers around the world. The African Union declared 2017 the year of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth,” and heads …
The Long-Lasting Toll of Conflict on Fertility and Early Childbearing
Over the past decade, the incidence of conflict has been rising in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), reversing a 20-year trend. Conflict’s pernicious effects on society are wide-ranging, even after stability returns, and extend to demographic trends. A body of previous research has found that fertility rate…
Family Planning Equity Among Youth: Where Are We Now?
While the gap in demand satisfied for modern family planning between rich and poor young women is improving, equitable access to family planning is still challenging. Wealth-based inequity remains persistent in most regions of sub-Saharan Africa, even accounting for factors such as educational attai…
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Declining in Many Countries
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends Update 2017, produced with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, provides the latest data on the practice in 29 developing countries with representative and comparable data—although FGM/C occurs worldwide.