Population and Development

Population and development issues are inextricably linked. The world’s poorest areas often have the highest fertility rates. It’s a vicious cycle as poverty can fuel rapid population growth and rapid population growth can trap people in poverty. One in ten people still live on less than $2 a day.

Quality education, women’s empowerment, and universal access to modern contraception are powerful tools to reduce both poverty and high birth rates. When people are empowered to control their fertility and pursue careers, they choose small families.

Learn more about population and development here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about development below.

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17 June 2019

UN report: Small change in family size, big change in future population

According to new UN data, the world’s population is projected to grow by more than 3 billion people by the end of the century, increasing from the current 7.7 bn to 10.9 bn. As in previous years, the data show that small changes in family size translate into a difference of several billion people by the end of the century – just half a child less per couple would see our population peak well before 2100.

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7 June 2019

Trump’s Global Gag Rule is killing people

A new report reveals the extent of the damage caused by President Trump’s global family planning funding cuts. Vulnerable women and girls around the world are being deprived of vital reproductive healthcare, with devastating consequences.

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18 April 2019

State of the World Population: Women and girls left behind

The latest UNFPA State of the World Population report highlights widespread and persistent gender inequality, with hundreds of millions of women around the world still unable to control how many children they have.

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Population Matters Magazine Spring 2019

Population Matters Magazine

Our Patron Sir David Attenborough's speaks out on the need to slow population growth; and we ask: can we sustainably feed our growing population? 

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5 April 2019

Population growth slows progress towards Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

The world is not on track to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals because efforts to implement them have not kept pace with rapid human population growth, according to the United Nations.

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5 February 2019

Will the world run out of people?

A newly published book, Empty Planet, claims that global population will shortly start decreasing and continue to do so. Might it be right?

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1 February 2019

Family planning gets European funding boost

Funding for sexual health and family planning from European donor countries increased by 17% between 2016 and 2017, with the UK remaining one of the largest donors.

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14 December 2018

Making migration safe

The Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration was adopted by countries worldwide this week. It's a welcome and positive move, but does it address all the dangers?

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How to feed the world without destroying it
7 December 2018

How to feed the world without destroying it

A new report investigates the enormous challenge of feeding our rapidly growing population without further damaging our environment and worsening climate change.

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14 November 2018

Running to stand still? Meeting family planning targets.

A new report shows that despite progress, global targets set for the use of modern family planning in 2020 will be missed. Government inaction and international funding shortfalls are among the many barriers faced in some of the world's poorest countries.

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