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More and more research underlines the large health and economic benefits of investing in access to contraception for women, their families, and their communities. In fact, CGD research demonstrates that access to contraception is not only correlated with but can even cause women’s economic empowerment and drive economic growth. Yet global efforts to increase access have been impacted by significant policy shifts. CGD research examines how to ensure sustainable family planning financing and services amidst universal health coverage goals and uncertainties in development assistance. Experts promote effective financing approaches for family planning at the global and national levels, equipping policymakers, family planning advocates, and the broader global health community to navigate shifting funding and policy environments.
There is longstanding debate in population policy about the relationship between modern contraception and abortion. Although theory predicts that they should be substitutes, the existing body of empirical evidence is difficult to interpret. In this paper, we study Nepal’s 2004 legalization of abortion provision and subsequent expansion of abortion services.
Kellyanne Conway called him a “man of action” after a whirlwind first week in which President Trump signed 14 Executive Orders and presidential memoranda, covering most of his key campaign issue areas from health to immigration to trade. In a series of blogs, CGD experts have been examining how some of these specific policy intentions could impact development progress. As you would expect from a group of economists, we believe in—and encourage—evidence-based policymaking, and here we look at what the existing evidence and research tell us about how likely these Executive Orders are to achieve the president’s stated goals.
On International Women’s Day it is right to celebrate the huge advances in women’s rights during our own lifetimes. In almost every country in the world, women are closer to achieving equality in economic and social activity. However, even as we celebrate progress, we cannot lose sight of the road still to travel.