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.

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

11 November 2018

What do declining global fertility rates really mean?

A new study has highlighted how fertility rates have declined over the last generation. There are no significant surprises in the report but it emphasises again the progress that has been made and the vast differences that exist between countries. Its conclusion that fertility has declined significantly is very far from a confirmation that we need not worry about population.

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28 January 2016

Campaigning for more UK aid for family planning

Access to family planning services is vital to poverty reduction and the success of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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28 March 2017

One step forward, two steps back in African economic development?

Despite significant progress in recent years, Malawi’s government is concerned that young Malawis will inherit only poverty as economic gains are neutralised by population growth. 

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Response to International Development Committee Inquiry on SDGs

Briefings and submissions

DFID should prioritise SDG 3 (ensure health and wellbeing) and SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment).

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Population and Resource Security

As the world is faced with other more pressing challenges, resource security is gradually diminishing. 

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How population growth affects poverty reduction

Briefings and submissions

Unsustainable population growth impedes women’s empowerment, redirects government and household resources away from investment and limits job opportunities, while also lowering wages for those limited jobs.

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Response to IDC Inquiry on Humanitarian Emergencies

Briefings and submissions

Increasing access to, and use of, family planning services both generally and in the context of humanitarian emergencies can very significantly reduce the impact of crises on children.

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Why population matters for the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Briefings and submissions

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is one of the leading conservation organisations in England – focused, as its name states, on the protection, sustainable use and enjoyment of England’s countryside in particular.

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Planetary boundaries and population

Briefings and submissions

The concept of ‘planetary boundaries’ serves to define the limits of a safe environmental space for human development on Earth by determining the risk of threshold effects of biophysical processes and identifying the key drivers that could lead to them.

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Envisioning a Sustainable Society

Briefings and submissions

 

 

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