Ethiopian couples (photo: jeroen van loon)

The power of choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition

Only some decades ago, most families had on average five children. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with wider differences than at any point in human history. Family size, fertility rates, demographic trends and population dynamics are connected to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and have an impact on education, healthcare, the environment and the realization of all the Sustainable Development Goals.

How do the Netherlands and UNFPA address the demographic transition in policy and practice? What strategies are used by non-governmental organizations to ensure freedom of choice in challenging environments? 


On Wednesday 17 October 2018 in cooperation with UNFPA and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rutgers organises the launch of the UNFPA State of the World Population report 2018, called ‘The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition’.

During the launch event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, we will reflect on population dynamics and SRHR as key international challenges, as set out by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Kaag in the policy document ‘Investing in Global Prospects’.


Report (19 MB)

Highlights (6,6 MB)


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