Family planning in Kenya: Saving lives, saving money

Family planning is one of the most successful development interventions, with wide-ranging benefits to the health of mothers and children, empowerment of women, economic growth and environmental preservation. According to ‘Adding It Up’, a 2014 report by the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA, globally, if all women who want to avoid pregnancy used modern contraceptives;

Participants at a past function. Research is perhaps more critical in Africa’s development choices than anywhere else. Photo: Diana Warira

Research uptake: Why policymakers and researchers should forge new frontiers

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) UK will host a Research Uptake Symposium and Training Exchange in Nairobi between February 9 and 12, 2015. This symposium brings together researchers, communications professionals, and policymakers to discuss emerging issues in the utilisation of research in government decisions, also

Barriers to research use in the public health sector in Kenya and Malawi

A recent needs assessment of the status of research use in the health sector in Kenya and Malawi has identified a wide range of factors that are hindering policymakers within the Ministry of Health (MoH) and parliament from using research evidence in their work. The study identified three categories of barriers, including access barriers,

What are the keys to family planning success in Africa?

In the last 20 years, Ethiopia has emerged as a family planning powerhouse. In Studies in Family Planning, I reported that, from 1990 to 2011, modern contraceptive use increased ninefold, from 2.9% to 27.3%, and the total fertility rate (the average number of children born to a woman in her lifetime) dropped from 7.0

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