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The Population & Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA) is an international network of civil society organisations from the global north and south. Together we advocate for intersectoral approaches to sustainable development that can achieve real change for vulnerable people and ecosystems in terms of advances in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality, climate change resilience and environmental protection.

What we do

The PSDA comes forward as an alliance to raise our collective voice and provide decision makers with evidence of the connections between population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender relations, the environment and climate change. We showcase pragmatic, intersectoral and rights-based approaches to sustainable development being implemented by PSDA members in countries from Kenya, Ethiopia and Madagascar to Bangladesh, the Philippines and Nepal.

We engage in joint advocacy work, information sharing and strategic outreach particularly around key regional and global negotiations and events including the UNFCCC’s Conferences of the Parties (COPs), the UN’s Environment Assemblies, and the UN’s High-Level Political Forum for follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


A sustainable world, where everyone has access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), communities are empowered to live healthily and sustainably, and people and planet are resilient to climate change.


The PSDA promotes sustainable development by raising awareness of the connections between global population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender relations, the environment and climate change. The PSDA fosters constructive and evidence-based dialogue on these issues, and showcases the results and learning of intersectoral sustainable development programmes.

PSDA works to increase political and financial support for universal access to SRHR, integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) initiatives, and wider adoption of integrated programming to increase climate change resilience, advance environmental sustainability, and improve human health and well-being.

The PSDA Strategy

To deliver on our vision and mission, PSDA members focus on three key workstreams:


Communicating to showcase results and learning, raise awareness and inform decision makers about the benefits of intersectoral approaches to sustainable development.


Advocating to decision makers for greater political and financial support in order to mainstream intersectoral approaches and ensure accountability for existing commitments.


Strengthening the PSDA by sharing best practices and expertise, building the technical capacity of members, and growing new intersectoral partnerships.

We do so within a framework of values incorporating:

  • working through partnerships
  • bringing together complementary expertise and perspectives across sectors
  • being flexible in our focus, responding to opportunities and adjusting to different contexts
  • identifying interconnections between issues and working to address these using holistic systems-based thinking
  • commitment to upholding human rights and free contraceptive choices
  • proactive engagement from local to regional to global level

Our work is responsive to various key challenges:

  • Insufficient evidence, misconceptions and misinformation about the interconnections between population dynamics, SRHR and climate change, and the value of intersectoral approaches
  • Communities’ vulnerability to climate change and associated extreme weather events, environmental degradation, declining availability of natural resources upon which many rural livelihoods depend
  • Unmet family planning needs, gender inequality, and limited
  • Educational and economic opportunities for girls and women
  • The need to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through the implementation of Agenda 2030 and to address aspects of SRHR not covered by the SDGs
  • Limited political and financial commitments from governments to address SRHR, environmental degradation and climate change

Our Story


Established in the midst of the excitement and hopes of COP15 in 2009, the PSDA started by raising awareness of the importance of global population dynamics and SRHR for climate change adaptation and other spheres of sustainable development. Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, we’ve been advocating for intersectoral SRHR-focused approaches to implementing and achieving the bold targets set out by both frameworks.