SMART Advocacy: More than a “Seat at the Table”

Creating a regional pool of facilitators on the SMART Advocacy 2.0 approach in West Africa. For youth activists across West Africa, a “seat at the table” is not enough—young people must be closely involved and engaged in the family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) policies and programs that are designed to serve their needs. […]

PACE Launches Its Policy Communication Training Program in French in West Africa

The PACE Project (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health), funded by USAID and implemented by PRB, debuted its Policy Communication Fellows Program in French in October 2020, in collaboration with the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit (OPCU). Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policymaking PRB created the program in the 1980s to […]

How birth control, girls’ education can slow population growth

Widespread use of contraceptives and, to a lesser extent, girls’ education through at least age 14 have the greatest impact in bringing down a country’s fertility rate. Education and family planning have long been tied to lower fertility trends. But new research from the University of Washington analyzes those factors to determine, what accelerates a […]

More women may die from pregnancy complications over poor family planning

Reproductive health stakeholders in Niger State have raised fears over poor funding for family planning and severe funding shortages to Child Spacing Advocacy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic response in the State. The experts say more women may lose their lives from complications due to reproductive health and pregnancy complications. This was contained in a communiqué issued […]

Using the Demographic Dividend as Anchor to Fight COVID-19 in Africa

The Year 2020 will be remembered as the year that heralded great global changes in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. This debilitating contagion has forced the entire world to rethink the future. Among them are stimulating the global economies and instituting newer social, professional and institutional protocols. The first six months of the year 2020 […]

Africa: SWEDD 2 kicks off as the SWEDD initiative goes to scale

Building on the remarkable results and good practices with high potential for sustainability, scaling up of the SWEDD will benefit millions of girls and young women in the Sahel region and beyond, until 2023. Abidjan, 3 February 2020 – The ambitious and innovative project – the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend – SWEDD, aims to accelerate the demographic transition […]

Ten Defining Family Planning Achievements of the Decade

The last 10 years has been a time of immense growth and innovation for the family planning community, as well as new challenges and opportunities. Here, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs-led Knowledge SUCCESS project reflects on 10 defining achievements, in no particular order of importance, that have shaped and continue to inform family planning programs […]

This African billionaire wants us to talk openly about family planning to beat poverty

Africa’s population is rapidly growing: from an estimated 140 million in 1900 to one billion in 2010, it is expected to hit four billion by 2100—or a third of all people on earth. And the impact of these fast-rising numbers is already showing, says the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in a new study. The Ibrahim Index, which ranks African […]