"Integrating Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Projects: A Programming Manual," a new publication from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provides program designers, development practitioners, donors, and policymakers with practical, from-the-field information on PHE initiatives. The main section, "Designing an Integrated PHE Project," offers program designers step-by-step instructions for identifying, planning, funding, implementing, evaluating, and scaling-up PHE programs. In addition, appendices include sample questions for donors to ask of potential projects; relevant contacts and organizations; and model charts for monitoring and evaluating PHE programs.

The authors interviewed Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) Director Geoff Dabelko and Program Associate Gib Clarke for the manual, which also cites several ECSP publications.

People's livelihoods and well-being are closely linked to the health of their environment—particularly in developing countries. PHE programs are popular with governments, donors, NGOs, and civil society groups not only because they recognize these important connections, but because they are effective and efficient. A five-year study of an integrated PHE initiative in the Philippines found that the program improved reproductive health and coastal resource management more—and at a lower cost—than separate programs that addressed these issues independently.

Visit ECSP's website or USAID's PHE website for additional resources on PHE programs.