Council Commentary

Announcing the Population Council’s Strategic Plan: 2023–2030

For 70 years, the Population Council has transformed global thinking on critical health and development issues through our social science, public health, and biomedical research.  

As the world confronts multiple social, economic, political, and environmental crises, there is increasing need for high-quality and clearly communicated evidence to inform smart policies and sound investments. 

At the Population Council, we are redoubling our efforts to make the greatest contributions through new ideas, rigorous evidence, and innovative solutions.  

Ahead of our 70th anniversary on 7 November 2022, we are pleased to share our new Strategic Plan, which sharpens our focus on four global goals that reflect the urgent problems the world faces. Through these, we will contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. 


An equitable and sustainable future for everyone, everywhere


Our four goals are inextricably intertwined; fulfilling one advances the others and failing on one undermines progress on all. The complexity of their interactions requires the Population Council’s multidisciplinary approach and transdisciplinary training. 

We will continue to conduct pioneering research and develop innovative products and tools across our social science, public health, and biomedical portfolios. Our ability to convene experts, provide scientific and policy advice, produce accessible evidence, publish peer-reviewed journals, and cultivate future leaders will amplify our impact. 

Our strategic plan leverages previous strategic reviews, internal and external consultations, and has been endorsed by our Board of Trustees. It enables us to align across our organization to accelerate the delivery of our mission; identify contributions we can make through the rest of the decade in a tangible and concrete way; and ensure our vision and values reflect who we are today and moving forward. 

We look forward to sharing further information about our journey in the months ahead.