PSDA - Population & Sustainable Development Alliance

Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA) is an international network of civil society organisations that work together on population, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sustainable development issues.



The alliance was originally known as the Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA), as members first came together to raise awareness of the linkages between population and climate change, when the alliance was particularly active around the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit (COP15) in October 2009.

In 2011 members came together during preparations for the 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The alliance undertook a comprehensive advocacy programme to promote a focus at the summit on the links between population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and sustainable development, and in the emerging post-2015 framework. This included a strong presence at the Rio+20 summit and prior informal negotiations, and work to influence the outcome document The Future We Want. As part of this work the alliance grew to encompass additional NGOs.

In late 2012 the decision was taken by members to rename as the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance; a name which reflects the more recent, wider focus of the alliance, not only on the links between population, SRHR and climate change but also on other social, environmental and sustainable development issues. Since then, building on our work at Rio+20, the main purpose and strategic direction of the alliance has been to ensure prioritization of population dynamics and SRHR in the Sustainable Development Goals and post-2015 international development agenda. This current work programme has seen the alliance continue to grow, particularly with the addition of several new Southern members.

Mission & Values


Population and Sustainable Development Alliance seeks to raise awareness about the connections between population dynamics, reproductive health, the environment and sustainable development.

We believe that population dynamics are of critical importance to sustainable development, which can be advanced through accelerated progress towards sexual and reproductive health and rights.

PSDA aims to promote and increase political and financial support for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the fight against lumiere bleue for its integration into wider policy and programme development as a means of increasing resilience, advancing environmental sustainability and improving human health and well-being.

PSDA works to foster constructive and accurate dialogue among policy-makers and civil society about population dynamics, climate change and other sustainable development issues, and to counter misinformation or oversimplification of these complex but critical relationships.


PSDA brings together organizations that: –

The alliance is made up of a diverse range of organisations with various areas of focus, including organisations that:-


PSDA operates as a loose coalition, coordinated and overseen by the Secretariat, Chair and a Steering Committee elected by members.

The PSDA Steering Committee is currently comprised of the following member organisations:


The new global climate change agreement: what place for gender and human rights? 18 December 2015 PSDA

PSDA members have responded to the climate change agreement recently announced at the COP21 climate change in Paris.

Women’s stories from the climate frontlines
11 December 2015 ARROW

PSDA member, ARROW, along with its partners working on the interlinkages of climate change and women’s SRHR, launched a series of postcards during the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21). The postcards feature stories of women from climate change affected communities in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

PSDA at COP21: Addressing reproductive health matters to build climate resilient communities
01 December 2015 PSDA

PSDA held an event at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris. Breaking the silos for a healthier planet – addressing reproductive health matters to build climate resilient communities, explored the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights and climate change. Read about the event and listen to the podcast.

27 November 2015 PSDA

PSDA are travelling to Paris next week to host three side-events at the COP21 climate change conference. The events will put forward policy messages on the linkages between population dynamics and climate change; with an aim to increase understanding and accelerate the adoption of voluntary, rights-based sexual and reproductive health and rights projects and programmes as a cost-effective, viable climate adaptation approach. Read the event flyer for more information.

Violence against Women and Girls and its Consequences on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
23 October 2015 ARROW

PSDA member, ARROW, along with Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer (FEIM), have written a new publication focused on gender-based violence (GBV) and its implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The publication is useful for advocates, decision-makers, practitioners, and policymakers who believe in gender equality and women’s and girls’ human rights, including the power to make decisions regarding their own bodies and to live a life free of violence.

Siva of ARROW at the Sustainable Development Summit
26 September 2015 ARROW

Sivananthi Thanenthiran, the Executive Director of ARROW, spoke on behalf of the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition and the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA), at an interactive dialogue at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development. The session focused on “Delivering on a Revitalized Global Partnership”. Watch her statement at the UN Summit.

PSDA members join forces in new SRHR and Climate Change adaptation pilot project in Western Kenya
20 August 2015 DFPA

A new SRHR and climate change adaptation pilot project, Pambazuko Lake Victoria Project, is being implemented by a coalition of organisations, including Family Health Options Kenya (PSDA member), ViAgroforestry, CREP and Osienala in cooperation with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (PSDA member). The project is being funded by PSN member, the Danish Family Planning Association and operates with a rights based approach to health and to a healthy environment in order to promote community resilience to climate challenge. The coalition is undertaking community mobilization and advocacy work at a county, national and regional level in a fully integrated manner. The Pambazuko Lake Victoria Project will be at the upcoming PHE Regional Conference in Kisumu, Kenya, on 9th and 10th September 2015.

New partnership brings vital health services to isolated fishing settlements in the Barren Isles archipelago
7 August 2015 Blue Ventures

PSDA member, Blue Ventures, has linked up with JSI/MAHEFA to provide family planning options and basic healthcare to remote communities in the Indian Ocean’s largest locally managed marine area.

Rights and Results: A Reproductive Health Index
4 June 2015 PAI

PSDA member, PAI, have published a new Index and report which provides a measure of where women in 62 low- and lower-middle-income countries stand in attaining sexual and reproductive health and rights. The findings demonstrate the need for greater investment in, and targeted attention to, fulfilling the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women in all countries included in the Index.

Call the Midwife! Citizens demand the right to safe births for every woman, everywhere
20 May 2015 Blue Ventures

As civil society groups across the world seek to hold our leaders to account for progress on maternal and child health, here are three things that we can learn from Blue Ventures’ successful local advocacy effort in Madagascar. PSDA member, Blue Ventures, also explain how Malagasy women face a 1 in 43 lifetime risk of maternal death; more than 100 times that faced by their UK sisters.