Meeting Report

Male engagement in family planning is widely recognized as an important programmatic component. It is especially relevant in countries like Pakistan where fertility rates remain high and family planning use is low due to a host of factors that include gender inequality and men’s dominant role in family decisionmaking. The Population Council Pakistan, as part of the […]


Social accountability refers to the efforts of citizens and civil society to scrutinize and hold duty bearers (politicians, government officials, and service providers) to account for providing mandated services, most often at the sub-national or community levels. Social accountability is based on the assumption that increased and targeted citizen and civil society engagement and action […]


In 2008, the Government of India launched the National Health Insurance program, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), to enable families living below the poverty line in urban and rural areas to access a range of private health services. Enrolled families can avail pre-specified packages of services from RSBY participating private hospitals, including for family planning […]

Case Study


Although family planning programming has been ongoing in Pakistan for nearly 50 years, 20 percent of women have unmet need, fertility remains high at 3.8 children per woman, and only 35 percent of married couples today are using a contraceptive method.1 Compared with other countries in the region, Pakistan’s fertility transition has been extremely slow, […]

Working Paper

Integrating family planning into non-health sector development projects has been promoted as a win-win for multiple sectors, leading to both increased access to and use of contraceptives as well as improvements in many other development indicators. Integrated projects are increasingly collecting data to document implementation and impact, but this evidence is often isolated in project […]