Working across sectors to achieve real change

The Population & Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA) works to strengthen and promote intersectoral approaches to sustainable development that encompass sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), maternal and child health, water and sanitation, livelihood diversification, food security, gender equality, community-based natural resource management, environmental protection and climate change resilience.

Our member organisations are united by their recognition that the challenges faced by people and planet are multifaceted and inextricably linked, and therefore require holistic responses that cut across traditional sectors and silos: we can’t hope to make meaningful progress on any one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without complementary breakthroughs in other areas, and we canโ€™t effectively build resilience to climate change without addressing unmet family planning needs.

We engage with decision makers at international conferences across the globe, sharing evidence from peer-reviewed literature and the community-based work of PSDA members with the aim of building a more enabling policy and funder environment for the scaling up of rights-based, SRHR-focused, intersectoral approaches to sustainable development.

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Does your organization work with climate change or environmental sustainability? And are you based in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, or the Philippines?
Have a look at the WORTH Initiative's call for applications for the new Innovation Lab Programme here๐Ÿ‘‡

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Please also attend the launch of the exciting and innovative The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and Sex og Samfund collaboration on Dec. 11th from 4.45-6.15 in Room Warmia #COP24 ... See MoreSee Less

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PSDA members are getting ready for #COP24

Please join us at our side events - the first is taking place on Monday Dec. 3rd from 3-4 PM in the Nordic Pavilion
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7 months ago

Population and Sustainable Development Alliance

Climate change is affecting the Least Developed Countries and developing countries most, and the countries need assistance to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Adaptation was recognised as a key stand-alone goal in the Paris Agreement in 2015. For years, @IIED has organised a Community Based Adaptation (CBA) conference, bringing people together to discuss how communities can adapt to the effects of climate change.

In 2017, the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance attended the 11th conference to join discussions and raise awareness of perspectives of population dynamics in climate change adaptation and of family planning as an adaptation strategy.

Malawi is hosting #CBA12 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ The country is facing severe effects of climate change that the population has to adapt to - a population of currently 19 million projecting to increase by 1/3 to 27 million in 2030 ๐Ÿ˜ณ

How will this increase impact adaptation efforts? And what can be done to mitigate the effect?

The answer lies in looking behind the numbers:
1) Malawian women have an average of 4,5 children ๐Ÿ‘ถ
2) this is due to gender inequality and the 19% og marries women who have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
3) 47% of girls are married before they turn 18 meaning that they start child bearing early and have more children than if they marry later ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿง–โ€โ™€๏ธ
4) 42% of women and 19% of men have not heard of family planning for months.

By integrating voluntary family planning in adaptation efforts, we can increase their impact and sustainability #winwin

PSDA members present: Family Health Options Kenya - FHOK Reproductive Health Uganda PHE Ethiopia Consortium Lake Victoria Basin Commission
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The FreedomTo Choose

Travel to beautiful Madagascar and see the benefits of integrating reproductive health services with local environmental protection efforts, as experienced by PSDA member Blue Ventures.

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