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The Holistic Work of The Madagascar PHE Network: The Future of Community Development Looks Like This.  

  Last week the Madagascar Population Health Environment Network launched a report on the powerful integrated community development work they’ve done for the past 25 years. PHE is a multifaceted approach to sustainable development, combining health education and services with natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. When these programs are integrated, parents are better empowered… Read more »

I Went to UNGA, and All I Got Were These Five Questions    

As the dust settles on an exciting United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, A. Tianna Scozzaro of PAI reflects on all that went down last week, and what it means for the post-2015 development process moving forward.


Three Keys to a Sustainable World  

Last week Melinda Gates tweeted this awesome info-graphic which links together basic health, women’s empowerment and access to birth control. We believe these three things create a very effective package for sustainable development. Not only is it cheap to distribute birth control,vaccines and empower women but the results of doing so are long lasting and… Read more »

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The Reality of Unmet Need for Contraception  

  We often hear (and we often say!) that “220 million women worldwide have an unmet need for family planning.” It’s a hugely important statement and a huge number of people – but we when take a closer look at the data, it turns out that 220 million is very likely a major understatement. Here’s why:… Read more »


World Contraception Day 2014  

In honor of World Contraception Day (WCD), we wanted to call out some of the great work, and troubling news, that’s hitting the family planning world today. WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraceptive methods so that all people have the information they need to make sound decisions about their sexual and reproductive health…. Read more »


How Women’s Empowerment Affects Climate Change   

On Sunday, we are so excited that the largest climate march in history will kick off in the streets of NYC. As world leaders gather for a summit on climate change, tens of thousands will show up to demand that global leaders, “take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works… Read more »

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John Kerry’s Statements for Women’s Rights and Reproductive Healthcare  

A week ago the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development took place and Secretary of State, John Kerry, made some very important remarks on the topic of Women’s rights and Reproductive Health:  “With the spacing of births, the women had more time to invest in their own futures. They started a… Read more »


Congresswoman Karen Bass Rocks  

On September 5, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) joined the United Nations Foundation in Los Angeles for an event highlighting the importance of international family planning & reproductive health. First of all – that is very cool – it is great to hear the voices of women Congressional leaders, especially those who represent many communities of… Read more »

Local village fisherman work to catch enough fish to make a living to sell to the local market in the village of Katumbi on Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. The Nature Conservancy is launching a large-scale effort in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, with Pathfin

Milestone for Community in Tanzania  

In June we featured a story about the communities of Lake Tanganika in Tanzania and the Tuungane Project, which brings together human rights, environmental restoration and human health into one wholesome and inspiring project. Today we celebrate a major development and landmark for the Tuungane Project. Last week, it was announced that “the Tanzanian villages… Read more »