Making Family Planning Count

Making Family Planning Count is an initiative of the Population Division to improve the quantity, quality, transparency and accessibility of family planning indicators and the population data that underlie models of the determinants and impacts of use of family planning. The goal is to improve the global community's ability to track progress in meeting the need for family planning and the accessibility and transparency of the underlying demographic data required for estimating family planning indicators. The work supports advocacy and accountability efforts to strengthen the political commitment to global health, including initiatives such as Family Planning 2020 and global monitoring of Target 3.7. to "ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning" under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants No. OPP1183453 (2018-2021) and OPP1110679 (2015-2017).


Data and tools


Selected Population Division publications



Data booklet


Technical paper


Population factsheet


Selected journal articles


Where are the project results used

These data compilations and estimates and projections of family planning and related indicators are used throughout the family planning sector. They are crucial for the ability of other organizations to disseminate data, advocate for improved access to family planning and used in research on the determinants and impacts of improved access to family planning. Users include international organizations, research institutes, academia, media, civil society and others. For example: