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Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development

Chair (s) 
John Cleland (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM))
Trudy Harpham (London South Bank University)
Judith Helzner (Jf Helzner Consulting)
Donatien Beguy (Un Habitat)
Subramaniam Chandrasekhar (Indira Gandhi Institute of development Research)
Alex Chika Ezeh (Drexel University)
Georges Guiella (Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo)
Mark Montgomery (Population Council)
J.M. Ian Salas (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Zeba Sathar (Population Council)
Ilene Speizer (Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Susan Parnell (African Centre for Cities)
Council Liaison 
Akanni Akinyemi (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife)
IUSSP Secretariat 
Terms of Reference: 

The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development will oversee a 4-year IUSSP project to produce policy-relevant evidence on the effects of family planning and fertility change on urban welfare recently funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will fund fellowships to roughly 17 early-to-mid career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to conduct research.


The programme aims both to build the policy-relevant evidence base on family planning and fertility outcomes in urban areas of these regions, and to provide skill-building opportunities to early-career researchers to work on issues of urban family planning. The project includes mentoring and training activities as well as funds for policy outreach at local, national and international levels. The ultimate aim of the project is to raise awareness of the contributions of family planning to sustainable cities among urban planners and policy makers and to put family planning on the urban policy agenda where it has been largely absent.


The programme will work closely with a select set of leading sub-Saharan African and South Asian institutions active in demographic and urban studies spheres. Additional funds will be made available to promote communication of findings to policy audiences at local, national and international levels. In addition to the fellowships that form the core of project, the project will support the participation of top-level specialists at important international meetings (United Nations, UN-Habitat, etc.) to draw the attention of urban policy makers to the potential value of investments in family planning services to urban development.


Urban FP Panel members at the International Conference on Family Planning

Pattaya, Thailand, 14-17 November 2022


Session on “Family planning meets urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa: addressing intersectoral challenges for urban health” at the 18th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH)
Valencia, Spain, 25 October 2022


3-Panel mini-conference

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 12-15 July 2022


9th Africities Summit, Kisumu Kenya 17-21 May 2022

Family planning is critical to urban development: what you need to know and what you can do (Part 1& 2) on 18 May: 9:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00.



Report for the 2021 IUSSP General Assembly of Members


IPC2021 Research Leader Session 163: New Evidence on Urban Fertility and Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

9 December at 14:00 UTC


8th African Population Conference in Entebbe, Uganda 18-22 November 2019

International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH), Xiamen, China 2-8 November 2019.

  • Panel Session 1:  Research and action on addressing family planning and reproductive health in urban health care systems
  • Panel Session 2:  Policy and governance approaches to considering family planning and fertility in urban health
  • View details of session and activities 

Family planning, fertility and urban welfare in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, International Conference on Family Planning, Kigali, Rwanda on 14 November 2018


Call for Research Proposals - round 2

Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development 

- Date website opens for electronic submission of proposals: 15 March 2019

- Deadline for submission of concept note: 15 April 2019

- Deadline for submission of full proposal:  1 July 2019

  • Trudy Harpham et al (2021) Bridging the gaps sector to sector and research to policy: linking family planning to urban development, Development in Practice, 31:6, 794-804, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2021.1937560 

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