Social Justice Requires Family Planning

What do poverty elimination, gender equality, and educational and health equity have in common? None of them can be fully realized until everyone around the world has the ability to plan their pregnancies. In other words, social justice requires universal access to family planning. And what better time to reflect on this crucial link than […]

Let's Combat Teen Pregnancy with Truth, Not Scare Tactics

May 15, 2015 May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, but Colorado lawmakers didn’t seem to get the memo. On April 30, Republicans in the Colorado State Senate refused to fund an award-winning family planning program that sparked a staggering 40 percent drop in the state’s teen pregnancy rate. This initiative, which provided over 30,000 […]

How The Under-Five Mortality Rate Has Changed Life Expectancy

Under-five mortality (the probability of dying between birth and age five) has much bearing on a country’s life expectancy. In places where child mortality rates are very high, life expectancy is dragged down dramatically from what it would be if measured for survivors of early childhood. For example, in the least developed countries, life expectancy […]

In São Paulo, Access to Free Birth Control Echoes Inequality

Free condom dispensers in São Paulo. Photos by Sydney Speizman.  The first time I came across a bin of preservativos gratuitos sitting on the sidewalk in downtown São Paulo, I was taken aback. I couldn’t believe that free condoms were not only available but openly promoted in a notoriously Catholic-dominated society. I wrote the sighting off […]


Save the date! Show your support for Population Connection this Giving Tuesday! On December 1st, 2015, Giving Tuesday will celebrate generosity and the spirit of giving in support of charitable organizations both big and small, all around the world. We’re proud and excited to join in this global effort to raise awareness for worthy causes […]

What Is The Demographic Dividend?

When someone uses the term “demographic dividend” or “demographic bonus,” they are referring to the phenomenon when a country experiences an economic boost that follows a decline in fertility. The premise is fairly simple: When a nation’s fertility rate rapidly declines following a period of high birth rates and rapid population growth, the community benefits […]

How Family Planning Can Help Save Our Oceans

June 12, 2015 People often joke that oceans are nature’s toilet, but this metaphor compares oceans to the wrong bathroom appliance. A more accurate comparison would call these large bodies of water sinks, due to their incredible ability to absorb one-third of all human carbon emissions. For tens of millions of years, the amount of carbon […]

Remembering the Most Vulnerable on World Population Day

July 10, 2015 Syrian Kurdish refugees arrive in Turkey. Photo by EC/ECHO.  The theme for this year’s World Population Day—Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies—could not be more relevant. A recent report from the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) found that worldwide displacement has reached an all-time high, with almost 60 million people forced to flee their homes due […]

The Most Populous Country on Earth with Not Enough People?

Tourists visit a street fair in Chengdu during National Day Week. Photo by Samuel Corwin. Living and studying abroad in Shanghai—one of the world’s most crowded cities—it shocks me that the Chinese government is worried about a lack of people. The metro is always packed with riders regardless of the time of day. And the […]

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