Reproductive Health

The Triple Bottom Line: Investing in Women and Girls

October 11, 2012  • Suzanne York

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One of the biggest returns on investment for people and the planet is supporting the health of women and girls, especially in terms of voluntary family planning services.

As we recognize the International Day of the Girl this October 11th today, it is a good time to go beyond traditional development ideas and consider smart, cost-effective initiatives for truly helping girls in all countries.

For the United Nations, this day is meant “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

A recent seminar at the Social Capital 2012 conference in San Francisco, California, sponsored by the Aspen Global Health and Development, part of the Aspen Institute, lived up to that statement, by discussing the benefits of investment in reproductive health. The session was titled Stepping on the Third Rail: Social Capital Markets and Investing in Family Planning, and focused on the need for family planning and how it can be a big investment, in more ways than one.

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