Rukia, a peer educator on population, health, and environment topics, uses her clean cookstove – the same stove that she used to grow her thriving business selling bread and honey.

The Wilson Center is a truly unique institution. We have the greatest international reach of any institution in Washington, with our in-house program experts, scholars, and network of expert talent around the world.

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) is just one of many programs whose work extends well beyond Washington. Since 1994, ECSP has explored global connections between the environment, health, development, and population, pioneering new ways to look at conflict, food security, urbanization, and natural resource management.

Recently, Sean Peoples, ECSP’s multimedia editor, produced a 10-minute short documentary, the first in a three-part series, “Healthy People, Healthy Environment,” about an integrated “population, health, and environment” (PHE) development project in Tanzania. The film won a Silver Telly Award, the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, and has informed U.S. and global policymakers at screenings in Washington, New York, Boston, North Carolina, Thailand, and Tanzania, on the connections between women’s empowerment, food security, and conservation.

With a generous grant from USAID, ECSP filmmakers are in the process of producing two more short documentaries in the series: one in Nepal that will showcase how connecting conservation tools with greater access to reproductive health services leads to more sustainable development; and the second in Ethiopia at the project sites of the Guraghe People’s Self-Help Development Organization (GPSDO), a community-based PHE organization working to reduce poverty and empower young people.