The Population Council produced this paper to help guide discussions and considerations regarding the key evidence gaps and research investments needed to achieve the FP2020 goal and objectives. The paper focuses primarily on the social science, implementation, and operations research that will be needed to achieve the first three objectives. Research shows that through high-quality voluntary family planning (FP) programs, governments can reduce fertility and generate substantial improvements in health, wealth, human rights, and education. Family planning programs for the 21st century will require thoughtful design—engaging both public and private sectors—to meet the growing need for safe and effective FP services. These challenges need to be addressed in the context of constantly increasing population sizes in most developing countries, necessitating additional investments just to sustain existing levels of need.
Askew, Ian and Martha Brady. 2013. "Reviewing the evidence and identifying gaps in family planning research: The unfinished agenda to meet FP2020 goals," background document for the Family Planning Research Donor Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2012. New York: Population Council.
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