PRB's International Programs improve the well-being of current and future generations and contribute to positive social change, with an emphasis on the developing world. PRB successfully bridges the data gap to reach policy makers at all levels and across diverse geographies. Whether to draw attention to an emerging issue or to monitor implementation of existing policies, PRB empowers journalists, government and civil society advocates to communicate data accurately and in ways that are meaningful to policy makers. Finally, PRB helps create the policy space to necessary to advance dialogue between communities, decisionmakers, and those who influence them.

Through our work, we aim to:

  • Interpret demographic and other data to provide the “so what”—the underlying stories and their implications for policy action.
  • Communicate complex concepts, such as the demographic dividend and the nexus between population, health and the environment, through well-crafted analyses and accessible yet visually compelling multimedia presentations.
  • Collaborate with youth advocacy networks to measure/assess policy and program landscapes, paving the way for youth to hold decisionmakers accountable for policy implementation.
  • Cultivate and equip new influencers and leaders in developing countries—from faith leaders to local politicians—to use data to advance sound policies on issues such as gender, youth, family planning and reproductive health, poverty, and health. Build the capacity of research partners to implement systems and improve communication so that their high-quality evidence reaches those who need it to make practical decisions about programs, policies, and strategic investments.
  • Work with research partners to ensure that key messages from their work are communicated to decisionmakers in compelling, user-friendly language and in accessible print and digital formats.
  • Partner with developing country researchers to ensure their research is policy relevant, accessible and informs evidence-based decisionmaking.
  • Conduct thematic media trainings for print, broadcast, and digital journalists to make sure relevant stories are told—and told accurately.
  • Sharpen the gender lens and highlight gender’s critical role for nongovernmental organizations, countries, and communities.

Our Approaches

  • Making data accessible.
  • Building capacity in policy communication.
  • Working with the media.
  • Generating dialogue.
  • Advancing gender equality.
  • Fostering future leaders.
  • Building country partnerships.


  • Family planning and reproductive health.
  • Noncommunicable diseases.
  • Population change.
  • Population, health, and environment linkages.
  • Youth.