Q&A: UNFPA West Africa director on the security benefits of family planning

UNFPA West Africa Director Mabingue Ngom spoke with Devex about how involving local leaders is key to increasing contraceptive use. Ngom warned that the stakes extend from health to economic growth and security: high population growth can exacerbate migration, extremism and violent terrorism, he told Devex.

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  • Christin Roby

    Christin Roby worked as the West Africa Correspondent for Devex, covering global development trends, health, technology, and policy. Before relocating to West Africa, Christin spent several years working in local newsrooms and earned her master of science in videography and global affairs reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her informed insight into the region stems from her diverse coverage of more than a dozen African nations.