Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Family Planning, Fertility and Population Growth

Progress towards goals 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health) of the millennium development goals (MDGs) has been generally slow in sub-Saharan Africa.  To meet these and other MDGs, sub-Saharan Africa’s best hope remains its vast and untapped Human Capital. Yet, about 4 million infants and children continue to die annually from preventable causes, whilst unchecked unintended pregnancy increasingly contributes to unsafe abortion and consequently poor maternal health outcomes. Emerging evidence asserts that the disparity in key family planning and sexual reproductive health indicators is widening, making it clear that our Human Capital has been and is under threat. We need to focus our efforts toward providing robust scientific evidence to guide crucial policy generation and implementation to curb the needless hemorrhage. In doing this we would not only have a fighting chance at meeting the MDGs but we would also have saved and positively impacted countless lives.

Current Project


Financial Resource Flows for Family Planning

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

The objective of the project, known as the FP project, is to monitor public as well as private sector financial flows for family planning in developing countries. This includes all programmes, projects and activities that offer family planning commodities and services. The family planning project collects data through a survey whereby financial data on family planning expenditures are collected at project/programme level, covering expenditures during the previous financial year. The method of data collection consists of an email survey to government departments, non-governmental organizations, corporations and insurance companies in the developing regions that have projects offering family planning commodities and services, including family planning reimbursements to policy holders (and their dependents) and to service providers.

The backbone of the FP project is Family Planning 2020 (FP 2020) initiative, which is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide freely, and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they want to have. The goal of FP 2020 is enable 120 million more women and girls use contraceptives by 2020. To estimate the additional resources needed for reaching this goal, there is need to know how much is being currently spent on FP and the allocation of such resources. The FP project aims to estimate expenditures on FP within a country, and targets public and private sectors as well as NGOs.

Partner Institutions

  • Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

Partner Members

  • Erik Beekink, NIDI

Project Period

  • April 2014 – December 2015

Project Funders

  • unfpa

    http://kenya.unfpa.org/ ...


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