Population Council, Inc.

Idea. Evidence. Impact.

New York, NY   |  http://www.popcouncil.org

Mission

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.

Ruling year info

1953

Principal Officer

Ms. Julia Bunting OBE

Main address

One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-1687001

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Social Science Research Institutes, Services (V20)

Biomedicine, Bioengineering (H92)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. Our work allows couples to plan their families and chart their futures. We help people avoid HIV infection and access life-saving HIV services. And we empower girls to protect themselves and have a say in their own lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reproductive Health

The Population Council’s Reproductive Health program strives to improve sexual and reproductive health, especially for vulnerable people in developing countries. The relationships we have cultivated enable us to tackle sensitive issues and to give voice to those groups who are most in need.

Program objectives

• Increase access to family planning and other reproductive health services in countries with unmet need and where clients are unable to achieve their reproductive health goals.
• Reduce maternal mortality with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and vulnerable groups in other areas.
• Reduce inequalities in the use of critical reproductive health services by wealth, age, and gender groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Population Council’s HIV and AIDS program is devoted to understanding and slowing the spread of the HIV epidemic. We also enable people to reduce the negative impact of HIV on their lives and their families, communities, and societies. Through biomedical, behavioral, and applied program research, we expand the access of underserved groups to innovative products and services that have documented effectiveness.

Program objectives

• Advance the state of knowledge regarding HIV transmission and pathogenesis.
• Develop and test improved microbicides and ones that prevent sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy as well as HIV infection.
• Reduce HIV acquisition and transmission by vulnerable populations, such as men who have sex with men, sex workers, and mobile populations.
• Determine cost-effective, safe, and effective methods of delivering HIV prevention technologies, including male and female condoms and male circumcision services.
• Contribute to the elimination of childhood deaths from AIDS.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with HIV/AIDS

The Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program (PGY) seeks to understand and address the social dimensions of poverty, the causes and consequences of gender inequality, the disparities in opportunity that arise during adolescence, and the critical elements for reaching a successful, productive adulthood in developing countries.

Program objectives

• Increase the evidence base regarding adolescents, especially of young women, to advance our ability to assist in program and policy development.
• Advance our understanding of health system functioning, and of poverty, health, and population trends.
• Support the tools and means to develop and share an evidence base on topics of PGY concern.
• Expand schooling, financial literacy, and livelihoods initiatives.
• Support emerging issues, maintaining the Population Council’s reputation for cutting-edge, innovative work; for example, developing new tools for sexuality education and urban health.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

For more than 60 years, research conducted at the CBR laboratories has addressed critical questions in reproductive health and supported the development of innovative products that help protect the health and well-being of millions of people worldwide.

The Center's researchers pioneered the field of long-acting, reversible contraception (LARCs), developing intrauterine devices (IUDs) such as ParaGard® (the copper-T IUD) and Mirena®; and implants such as Norplant® and Jadelle®; which have led to dozens of technological descendants. Today, more than 170 million people worldwide are using contraceptive technologies developed at CBR or based on CBR’s technologies.

The Center's scientists are investigating new approaches to prevent HIV and other STIs, and developing next-generation contraceptives and innovative new multi-purpose prevention technologies, or MPTs, which are designed to prevent HIV, other STIs and, in some cases, unintended pregnancy in a single product. Researchers are developing these new tools as sustained release formulations in rings, gels, tablets, fast-dissolving inserts and other innovative delivery systems that are designed to be safer, lower-cost and easier to use.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of contracts/purchase agreements that the organization holds for purchase of its products/services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of contracts/purchase agreements awarded for our products and services by year.

Number of reports written/published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of our reports and publications, including published peer reviewed articles.

Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of digital resources downloaded.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2017, the Council developed Strategic Priorities Framework to lay out our vision for the road ahead. The Framework includes the Population Council's goals for the next 15 years and a set of objectives around which we will focus our work for the next 10 years. By continuing to excel across our goals and objectives, we will be able to fully achieve our mission.

The Council's goals for the next 15 years are as follows:

• Improve the well-being of vulnerable populations, especially girls and women.
• Advance sexual and reproductive health rights.
• Accelerate positive demographic trends.
• Research, develop, and bring to marker sexual and reproductive health technologies.
• Promote evidence-based approaches for the solution of development challenges.

To learn more about the Council's Strategic Priorities Framework, check out: http://www.popcouncil.org/about/strategic-priorities.

The Council is prioritizing investment in seven research areas to advance, accelerate, and amplify our impact:

EDUCATION: Reducing school dropout and improving learning outcomes for girls.
HIV/AIDS: Address stigma and gender inequities to improve HIV and AIDS program outcomes.
MATERNAL HEALTH: Reduce social and economic barriers to accessing quality maternal health services.
RESILIENCE: Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations to adapt to environmental shocks and stressors, including those related to the effects of climate change.
MARKET DEVELOPMENT: Prepare markets for the introduction of innovative contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies developed by the Population Council and others.
BIOMEDICAL: Identify a lead candidate from the Population Council's biomedical product portfolio to advance to the next phase of development.
SCALING UP FOR GIRLS: Generate and promote policy-relevant evidence to support the scale-up of girls' programs.

Since 1952, the Population Council has worked to confront critical health and development issues. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in more than 50 countries, the Council works with partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world.

The Council's capabilities include:

• Implementation Science
• Policy research and analysis
• Demographic analysis
• Impact evaluation
• Basic biomedical research
• Product development
• Clinical trials
• Product introduction

Since 1952, our cutting edge research has changed the way the world thinks about important health and development issues. Many of the ideas and perspectives that seem self-evident today in fact first emerged from an observation, question or insight that challenged accepted norms years ago, including:
- Establishing the field of long-acting reversible contraceptives
- Bringing to light the hazards of smoking when using the pill
- Making the case to invest in very young adolescents (10-14 years old)
- Recognizing women and girls as central to development
- Putting clients at the center of quality healthcare
- Documenting the size and HIV rates among most-at-risk populations in Africa
- Recognizing sexuality health education is about more than biology and individual behaviors
- Introducing a safe, effective and low-cost treatment to reduce maternal mortality
- Demonstrating the benefits of family planning programs
- A framework to analyze what determines fertility rates.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Population Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Darcy Bradbury

The D.E. Shaw Group

Zulfiqar Bhutta

Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health & Policy and Founding Director of the Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health Hospital for Sick Ch

Jonathan Kagan

Corporate Partners

Wanda Olson

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jonathan Shakes

E-Commerce Logistics Consultant

Theo Spencer

Natural Resources Defense Council

Jeffrey Spieler

Retired Science Adviser in Population and RH, USAID

Kaye Wellings

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Julia Bunting

Population Council

Nyovani Madise

African Institute for Development Policy

David Serwadda

Makerere University, Uganda

Darcy Bradbury

The D.E. Shaw Group

Edith Asibey

Asibey Consulting

Mina Gerowin

CQS Asset Management Ltd

Pape Gaye

Baobab Institute for Health and Development

Fransje van der Waals

University of Amsterdam

Carmencita Whonder

Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data