World Population Foundation

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The World Population Foundation (WPF) "was founded in 1987 by a British couple Roy and Diana Brown. They wanted to establish a foundation focusing on the growth of the world population. The Netherlands had no such organisation unlike the United Kingdom. WPF’s main goal then was to push back the high birth rates aswell as the high rates of maternal and infant mortality, with the aim to decrease world poverty.

"From 1987 until 1994 WPF was a small organisation mainly supported by donations from the founders and consultancy assignments. In 1994, WPF played an important role in the Dutch delegation of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. At this conference, the Cairo Programme of Action was adopted and it has been the foundation for WPF’s work ever since." [1]

In 1996, WPF became a founding member of Eurongo, the European network of NGOs working in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development, an organisation first proposed in 1991 by Brown, Sjaak Bavelaar (at that time Executive Director of WPF), and Ann Allport of CARE International. wiki

"In January 2011, Rutgers Nisso Groep and the World Population Foundation merged to form Rutgers WPF. Rutgers WPF is dedicated to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the Netherlands and worldwide. The organization is a non-grant-receiving full Member Association of IPPF." [2]

Board Members

  • Joris J.C. Voorhoeve, Chair - Member of the Council of State of the Netherlands, Professor of International Organisations at Leiden University, former Minister of Defence
  • Roy W. Brown - Founder of WPF, former President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union
  • Rose Gawaya - Regional Gender Lead Advisor for Southern Africa for the Dutch/British NGO Oxfam/Novib. She holds an MA in gender studies from the Dutch Institute of Social Studies
  • Inge Hutter - Professor of Demography at Groningen University, researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
  • Sybren Kalkman - Former partner of KPMG Accountants
  • Cees A. J. van Lede - Former Chair of the Board of Management of Akzo Nobel, former Chair of the Confederation of Dutch Business (VNO), member of the Supervisory Board of various international companies
  • Wouter A. M. Meijer - Former Executive Director of WPF, former staff member of the World Bank
  • Nafis I. Sadik - Former Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the UN for HIV/AIDS in Asia
  • Ellen Themmen - Vice-president of Family Care International, New York
  • Erik-Thijs Wedershoven - Elected Dutch youth representative for the United Nations, member of the Dutch government delegation for the UN Summit in September 2005



World Population Foundation
Ampèrestraat 10
1221 GJ Hilverum
The Netherlands
tel: +31(0) 35 642 23 04