Population Council

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The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, non-governmental organization that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees.

Headquartered in New York, the Population Council has 17 offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and does work in more than 45 countries. With an annual budget of $95.1 million [2009], it employs nearly 575 people from 32 countries with expertise in a wide array of scientific disciplines.

"Since John D. Rockefeller 3rd founded the Population Council in 1952, the world's socioeconomic and demographic landscape has undergone profound and unprecedented changes, and the Council's research agenda has evolved accordingly. HIV/AIDS, urbanization, adolescents, and poverty, gender and youth are just some of the topics that have been added to the Council's longstanding work in biomedical research, contraceptive development, and improving access to high-quality reproductive health services."[1]

The Population Council Board of Trustees is comprised of leaders in the fields of biomedicine, business, economic development, health, the media, philanthropy, and social science.

  • Julia Bunting became the ninth president of the Population Council in March 2015.
  • Ann K. Blanc - Vice President, Social and Behavioral Science Research

Past Presidents



The organization receives funding from the government as well as private foundations, corporations, multilateral organizations, and individuals. [2]

  • "Funding Sources: US government (58%), foundations , corporations, other nongovernmental organizations, and individuals (13%), investment returns(17%), other governments (4%), multilateral organizations (2%), royalities (6%). Accepts contract research. Budget (2009): USD 95.1 million."/[3]

HIV/AIDS 'Reproductive Health'

  • [4] Developing "next-generation" microbicide formulations combining the Council's candidate microbicide Carraguard® with other compounds such as antiretroviral drugs.
  • [5]Antares Pharma and Population Council Announce Preliminary Positive Phase 2 Trial Results

First Transdermal Contraceptive ATD™ Gel Contains Nestorone®

  • [6] Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation](12/02/2005): "$2,116,268 over 3 years to provide evidence-based research for the implementation of effective, affordable, and replicable interventions for the HIV/AIDS program in India."
  • NIH Grant (11/29/2001) Helps Population Council Advance Promising HIV/AIDS Prevention Research: Support for 'Novel Anti-HIV Carrageenan-based Microbicides' Research May Result in More Options for Women to Protect Themselves From Infections.
  • [7] USAID Provides Population Council $65 Million for HIV/AIDS Operations Research] (10/15/2002).



This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

In 1977, the Population Council reported on the health hazards smoking posed to women who were taking birth control pills.[8] Despite this, in the early 1990s the Population Council sought funding from the Council for Tobacco Research, although many of their requests were turned down. [9][10]

Senior Management

Accessed December 2009: [1]

Board of Trustees

Former Trustees


New York Headquarters
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 339-0500
Fax: (212) 755-6052
Email: pubinfo@popcouncil.org
Homepage: http://www.popcouncil.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Management, Population Council.
  2. Population Council Board of Trustees, organizational web page, accessed April 13, 2020.

External links

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