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More than 200 million women in the developing world who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method. The international community convened at the London Family Planning Summit in July 2012 and strengthened their resolve to address unmet need. National governments, civil society, and the private sector committed US$2.6 billion toward the goal of making contraceptive information, services, and supplies available to an additional 120 million women and girls by 2020. This book elaborates on one of two influential publications disseminated by the Population Council that assess the situation: Reviewing the Evidence and Identifying Gaps in Family Planning Research: The Unfinished Agenda to Meet FP2020 Goals. It presents a research and action agenda that fills many of the gaps in knowledge identified earlier, and summarizes the evidence from social science and operations research regarding the determinants of demand for and use of family planning. The most effective way to achieve the FP2020 goal is to ensure universal access to family planning. By mapping the current research landscape and identifying gaps in the evidence, this book details the investments in research critically needed to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of FP2020 initiatives.