Reproductive Health Publications
In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. Through case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, The Other Population Crisis explores national efforts to promote births and the significant government role in stopping declines in birth rates.
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2012-2013 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series brought together experts who work in maternal health, health systems strengthening, and the donor and policymaking communities to leverage participants’ collective knowledge and identify common strategies or priorities that might be adapted across settings to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and complications. Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health captures, analyzes, and synthesizes the strategies and recommendations that emerged from this series.
On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues. In collaboration with several other Wilson Center programs and the Kenyan-based African Technology Policy Studies Network, The Africa Program and Leadership Project hosted an international conference titled, “African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation.”
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #236, 1990. PDF 47 pages.
The Rabat Conference in November 2012 was hosted by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior in partnership with the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Wellesley Centers for Women with support from Lynn and Bob Johnston. UN Women, UNDP, and the International Republican Institute provided valuable collaboration. Through this compilation of papers based on discussions at the conference, we celebrate the call for women’s centrality in the constitutional making processes and the negotiation processes involved in strengthening the rule of law in the MENA region.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries, with higher rates for women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
Today’s population of 7 billion people has a significant impact on the planet’s natural resources and on global security. Seven critical challenges—security, climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and future population growth—are affected by population dynamics in complex ways that demand holistic solutions. One effective and relatively inexpensive way to meet these challenges is to empower women by improving their access to education and health care, including family planning.
Africa on the Move!: The Role of Political Will and Community in Improving Access to Family Planning in AfricaJun 07, 2012
This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa.
A new survey finds that Afghanistan and Pakistan are on surprisingly similar demographic paths. Demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says this is good news for Afghanistan, but not for Pakistan, where efforts to meet family planning needs have fallen short.
Author Irene Kitzantides describes the SPREAD Project's integration of agribusiness development with community health care and education, including family planning, in Rwanda.