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Population, Health, & Environment

Communities across the globe depend directly on our planet’s natural resources for food and livelihoods. 767 million people live on less than $2 a day. 1 in 10 are malnourished. And 225 million women don’t have the power to prevent unintended pregnancy.

We believe it’s all connected: The success of the poorest populations hinges on thriving natural ecosystems. Women and youth are especially vulnerable, yet they remain the most marginalized. Climate change will only exacerbate these disparities. Everyone should have the right and ability to decide whether and when to have children. And the knowledge and tools to sustain their natural environment and generate economic opportunity. See how we’re making sure they do.


What We Do

  • Ensure those who depend directly on natural resources for survival have access to the information and services they need to maintain their sexual and reproductive health and the health of the ecosystem around them
  • Support teams of local fishers and farmers, creating roles for women and youth, so they can protect fisheries and forests and ensure economic opportunity for generations to come
  • Make sure women and girls have control over whether and when to have children so they can choose to pursue employment and leadership roles in their communities
  • Empower entire households to educate others who can benefit from the skills and knowledge they’ve gained
  • Cultivate champions and leaders in local, regional, and national governments to broaden the reach of similar programs across East Africa and beyond

Discover Our Projects


PREPARE-BURKINA strengthens health systems, builds community resilience, and supports vulnerable communities to prepare for and manage recurrent crises and pursue sustainable pathways out of...

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A Re Itireleng

For communities in and around Groot Marico, in the North West Province of South Africa, their environment is everything—and they know they must act to preserve it. “A Re Itireleng” –meaning...

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Meet Our Staff

Josaphat Mshighati

Director of Advocacy and Population, Health, & Environment

Josaphat brings more than 13 years of professional work experience to Pathfinder’s office in Tanzania....

Pamela Onduso

Youth, Advocacy, & Partnership Advisor

Pamela has over two decades of experience in reproductive health and family planning, program design, program management, advocacy and policy...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.