- Go Girl! A savings project in partnership with Population Council and K-Rep Bank (video) (2012)
In the Kibera slum of Nairobi a program is empowering girls and helping them save money. Watch this video by Half the Sky, with funding from USAID
- Peter Donaldson: The power of family planning (2012)
Population Council president Peter Donaldson discusses the power of family planning to improve lives, empower women, and reduce poverty.
- Council conversation: John Bongaarts and John Townsend (2012)
In this short video, Council colleagues John Bongaarts and John W. Townsend discuss the need for renewed investment in family planning.
- Sigourney Weaver: Friend of the Population Council (2012)
Actress Sigourney Weaver describes how the Population Council conducts research, delivers solutions, and improves lives.
- Council conversation: John Bongaarts (2012)
Population Council Vice President and Distinguished Scholar John Bongaarts discusses the powerful role that voluntary family planning programs can play in changing population trends, and how family planning programs and policies can reduce poverty and inequality, and save lives.
- Council conversation: Cecile Richards (2011)
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards spoke at a dinner for the Population Council's board of trustees. In "Building community, bringing change," Ms. Richards discussed the crucial need for organizations like Planned Parenthood and its investments in young people and technology to help build community and provide reproductive health care in the United States and throughout the world.
- Council conversation: Nicholas D. Kristof (2010)
The Population Council hosted a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, who shed light on many issues that are central to the Council’s mission.
- Interview: Andrew Karlyn on working in Nigeria (2009)
Council associate Andrew Karlyn describes his experiences working in Nigeria.
- Interview: Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome on Islam and female genital mutilation/cutting (2009)
Council consultant Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome describes a religious-oriented approach to addressing female genital mutilation/cutting.
- Interview: Maryam Sheikh Abdi on female genital mutilation/cutting (2008)
Council staff member Maryam Sheikh Abdi talks about her personal experience with female genital mutiliation/cutting and presents field stories from her work among the Somali community of Kenya.
- Project/Burkina Faso: Filles Eveillées ("Girls Awakened") (video en français) (2012)
In Burkina Faso, this project provides safe spaces for migrant adolescent girls in domestic service.
- Project/Egypt: Ishraq ("Sunrise") (video in Arabic) (2010)
Ishraq girls and staff describe their involvement with this innovative program to improve educational, health, and social opportunities for vulnerable girls in rural Upper Egypt.
- Project/Egypt: Ishraq ("Sunrise") (2003)
Ishraq engages rural out-of-school girls in activities designed to improve their education, health, and social status by creating safe spaces in their communities in Upper Egypt.
- Project/Ethiopia: Addis Birhan ("New Light") (2010)
In Ethiopia, Addis Birhan supports men so they can support their families.
- Project/Ethiopia: Biruh Tesfa ("Bright Future") (2009)
Biruh Tesfa provides safe spaces for out-of-schools in urban slum areas in Ethiopia.
- Project/Guatemala: Abriendo Oportunidades ("Creating Opportunities") (video en español) (audio slide show) (audio slide show en español) (2009)
Abriendo Oportunidades is a leadership and empowerment program in Guatemala that teaches girls life, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills, and provides information about reproductive health.
- Project/Kenya and Uganda: Safe and Smart Savings Products for Vulnerable Adolescent Girls (2011)
Working with financial institutions and girls' programs in Kenya and Uganda, the Population Council is developing easy ways for adolescent girls to save money and break out of poverty.
- Project/Pakistan: Flooding in Pakistan (2010)
Pakistan has been devastated by the worst flooding the country has seen in 80 years. Population Council staff members already are working in the worst-hit regions and were able to conduct an analysis of needs and deliver limited relief items.
- Project/Pakistan: Safe Motherhood Applied Research and Training (SMART) (2005)
SMART aimed to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the D.G. Khan District, Punjab, Pakistan, and to provide comprehensive analysis of the results.
- Toolkit: Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus (BCS+) (2009)
BCS+ is a toolkit for family planning service providers working in high HIV/STI prevalence settings. This video describes use of the BCS+ toolkit in South Africa.
- Population Council in Ethiopia (2009)
Council president Peter Donaldson describes his trip to Ethiopia. He visits several Council projects and discusses the impact of the Council's work in the country.
- Population Council in Kenya: Partnership with purpose (2010)
The Council's Kenya office produced this informational video about research and programs in Kenya.
- Music video: Ni Kii Kiega ("Mama") (2005)
Kenyan singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina celebrates mothers and safe motherhood.
- Beyond the numbers (2005)
This Council-sponsored video shows how conducting maternal death reviews following the deaths of three African women—Maliun, Sahan, and Tshepang—taught practitioners lessons that they used to save the life of Josephine and her baby.
- Population Council teleconference: Vivian Brache, Régine Sitruk-Ware, and James Sailer on "One ring for one year of contraception" (2012)
Council Distinguished Scientist Régine Sitruk-Ware, Council vice president James Sailer, and Vivian Brache, director of biomedical research at Profamilia in the Dominican Republic, discussed the Council's one-year vaginal ring, plans to bring it to market, and its potential to improve the lives of women.
- Population Council teleconference: John Bongaarts on "Can the planet handle 7 billion people? The impacts of demographic change" (2011)
On the Day of 7 Billion, distinguished scholar John Bongaarts discussed the potential impacts of population growth and how family planning and reproductive health programs can benefit future generations.
- Population Council teleconference: Ragui Assaad on "Egypt's turmoil and its implications" (2011)
In the midst of civil unrest in Egypt at the beginning of 2011, former Council Middle East regional director Ragui Assaad answered questions about the political, economic, and social situation in Egypt and implications for the country and the region.
- Population Council teleconference: Sandy Garcia and John Townsend on "Supporting women's reproductive choices" (2010)
Reproductive Health program director John Townsend and Mexico country director Sandy Garcia discussed the importance of safeguarding women's health by supporting reproductive options.
- Population Council teleconference: Wendy Baldwin and Annabel Erulkar on "Giving marginalized girls hope for a better life" (2010)
Poverty, Gender, and Youth program director Wendy Baldwin and Ethiopia country director Annabel Erulkar discussed the well-being and future of girls in the developing world, in particular, the Council's efforts to support vulnerable girls in Ethiopia.
- Population Council teleconference: John Townsend, Harriet Birungi, and Nafissatou Diop on "Safeguarding adolescent mothers today for healthier families tomorrow" (2009)
Reproductive Health program director John Townsend, Council researcher Harriet Birungi, and Senegal country director Nafissatou Diop provided insight into how the dynamics around the transition to adulthood, particularly as it relates to health, play out in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Poverty, Gender, and Youth Seminar: Michaela Gulemetova on "Evaluating the impact of conditional cash transfer programs on adolescent decisions about marriage and fertility: The case of Oportunidades" (2011)
Gulmetova presented findings from an impact evaluation of Oportunidades—a nationwide antipoverty intervention in Mexico—on teenage girls' transitions to sexual activity, marriage, and fertility by applying hazard analysis methods. The talk focused on the advantages of using duration modeling to discern program effects when the outcome of interest is timing of multiple decisions of participants.
- Poverty, Gender, and Youth Seminar: Esther Duflo on "Pak Sudarno’s big family: Some reflections on population policy in developing countries" (2011)
Duflo shared insights from the newly released Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Fight Against Global Poverty, co-authored with Abhijit V. Banerjee. She also discussed recent development economics literature on the cause and (individual) consequences of fertility in developing countries. Her troubling findings may prompt discussion on the need for a reappraisal of how best to address population issues among the poor.
- Project/Pakistan: Earthquake Vulnerability Assessment (2006)
Researchers in the Council's Islamabad office carried out a survey of camps for people displaced or homeless by the 2005 earthquake that devastated northern Pakistan.
- Project/Vietnam: Youth and Family Studies (2007)
Council researchers conducted a study to understand transitions to adulthood among young people in poor remote areas of northern Vietnam. The study identified areas of intervention that best address the needs of Vietnam’s most marginalized young population.
2011 Annual Report
- Big ideas supported by evidence: Our model for global change (2012)
This year’s annual report focuses on family planning, one of the most consequential of the issues that the Population Council has addressed over the past 60 years. Read more about our activities related to family planning and find photos, video clips, data, and thought-provoking essays by Council experts on our other research and programs.
For 60 years, the Population Council has changed the way the world thinks about important health and development issues. Explore an interactive timeline of the Council's history, learn more about some of our key contributions, and watch a short video about why your support is so important to us.