Environment, Family Planning

Population + Health + Environment = Sustainability? Ethiopia Shows How It’s Done

It takes us two hours by rocky dusty road to get here. Hawaryat Town is nestled in the mountains of Southwestern Ethiopia. It is in the Guraghe Zone, one of the most densely populated in the country and as we … Continue Reading

Climate Change, Environment, Financing and Aid Effectiveness, Population and Climate Change

GEF Opens the Door: Will Family Planning Advocates Walk Through?

This week, I attended my first-ever meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council. The GEF is financial mechanism that provides funding for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. … Continue Reading

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Climate Change, Contraceptives and Condoms, Environment

In the Post-2015 Agenda, Youth Deserve a Seat at the Grown-Ups Table

More than half of the world’s population is under 25. Youth are not merely an ‘interest group’ in the Post-2015 agenda, and they deserve more than a thematic consultation or Google+ Hangout with the decision makers, the grown-ups. It is … Continue Reading

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Climate Change, Environment, Population and Climate Change

Men, Machines and Climate Change…Where Are the Women?

The heat down here is unbearable, not because of global warming, but as a result of the fast spinning shafts that drive turbines to generate hydroelectric power. The massive engines use the high-pressure water before releasing it to flow downstream, … Continue Reading

Environment, Family Planning, Youth

A Girls’ Bathroom, A Basic Right

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t an ideal student. My girlfriends and I would often skip class—especially gym—and sneak off to the bathroom.  We would eat snacks, play with makeup and talk about boys, celebrities, or any number of … Continue Reading

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Why We Care (And Why You Should, Too)

Recently, PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers was featured by the United Nation Foundation’s Why We Care campaign, a platform for individuals to share their journeys to becoming champions for international reproductive health. In her essay, Suzanne talks about formative Peace … Continue Reading