Population growth makes poverty reduction, increasing school enrollment, and combating disease infinitely more difficult. In fact, rapid population growth hinders progress on all Millennium Development Goals, as demonstrated in the document Return of the Population Growth Factor.
Country fertility rates range from 1 child per woman in Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore to over 7 children per woman in Afghanistan, Niger, and Guinea-Bissau. There are 225 million women around the world who would like to delay or end childbearing but are not using modern contraception.
Population Connection works with Congress to ensure that the United States is doing everything in its power to help women become empowered, active members of their communities. From fighting to end federal funding for failed abstinence-only sex education programs in the U.S., to urging Congress to appropriate $1 billion for international family planning, Population Connection stands behind women’s right to make the best choices for themselves and their families.
Learn more about the impacts of population growth on other pressing issues and challenges, below.
- Abstinence-Only Education Fails Teens
- African Urbanization
- Barriers to Effective Contraceptive Use
- Birth Dearth Eclipsed by Population Explosion
- Child Marriage: Too Young to Say “I Do”
- Country Profile: Nigeria
- Demographic Dividend
- Demographic Facts of Life
- Diffusing the Population “Bomb”: Demography and Security
- Empowering Women Empowers Us All
- “Moral” Objections to Vital Care: Pharmacist Refusal
- Population Growth and Food Insecurity
- Teen Childbearing in the United States
- The Demographics of HIV/AIDS
- The Fifth Largest Country: International Migrants
- The Global Democracy Promotion Act
- The Global Gag Rule: A Shameful and Undemocratic Policy
- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Universal Primary Education: A Moving Target
- USAID Success Stories
- What Will $1 Billion Buy?