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A More Prosperous World: The Role of Population Dynamics and Family Planning for Economic Growth, Education, and Health

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Today’s generation of youth is the largest ever in history, and their need for education and employment presents both a challenge and an opportunity. Smarter policies can give them the skills, health, and job opportunities they need to help build a more prosperous world for all of us.

To support economic and personal growth, both boys and girls must stay healthy, complete their education, and obtain more secure livelihoods. Women and couples need to have access to family planning in order to decide when, whether, and how many children to have, which can help meet these goals. With the appropriate investments in education, employment, and health services and policies, developing countries could realize a demographic dividend that could put them on the path to prosperity.

Join us for a discussion on how population dynamics drive development and how access to family planning services enables countries to meet their education, employment, and public health goals.

Keynote Speaker: Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Other speakers TBA

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Photo Credit: Students at Zanaki Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March, 2017, courtesy of The World Bank.



  • Peter McPherson

    President of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; Former Administrator, USAID


  • Joan Mower

    Head of Development and Training, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Voice of America


  • Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue

    Professor, Cornell University
  • Jay Gribble

    Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Health Policy Plus Project, Palladium
  • Marlene Lee

    Senior Program Director, International Programs, Population Reference Bureau
  • Jocelyn Ulrich

    Senior Director, Global Policy and External Affairs, EMD Serono