About the Population Council

PopCouncil Biruh TesfaThe Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues in more than 50 countries. Our New York headquarters supports a global network of offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In the developing world, governments and civil society organizations seek our help to understand and overcome obstacles to health and development. And we work in developed countries, where we use state-of-the-art biomedical science to develop new contraceptives and products to prevent the transmission of HIV.

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.

The Council has the world’s largest body of research on programs to improve the lives of adolescent girls in developing countries. We are identifying best practices, refining the critical elements of programming for girls, and using solid evidence to help organizations allocate scarce resources to the most effective programs. We are also helping governments formulate the most effective evidence-based policies to improve girls’ lives and meet national development goals. Our programs have delayed age at marriage, increased girls’ savings, improved girls’ literacy, built girls’ assets, and returned girls to formal schooling.

From its beginning, the Council has given voice and visibility to the world’s most vulnerable people. We increase awareness of the problems they face and offer evidence-based solutions.


Photo: The Population Council’s Biruh Tesfa program reduces the social isolation of vulnerable girls in urban Ethiopia and provides them with information and services to help prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. (Annabel Erulkar)