Population Council


The key role of the Population Council in SAFE is in the design and implementation of action research components. Along with icddr,b, the Council is steering this multisite cluster randomized trial (MSCRT) to test two strategies across the three arms using blocking before randomizing clusters at the three study sites. Site wise blocking for Mohakhali, Mohammadpur and Jatrabari sites has been used to increase precision and face validity of the study.

Population Council plays major roles in:

  • Research
    • designing quantitative data collection instruments
    • developing quantitative data collection software and ensure smooth functioning of it
  • Monitoring
    • developing and designing quantitative monitoring tools and training the intervention implementing partners in using the developed tools for data collection, analysis and ensuring feedback to program
  • Capacity building
    • providing training the survey team on the data collection instruments and survey software.
    • organizing workshops to build capacity of the implementing partners in monitoring and evaluation
    • training on monitoring software
  • Technical assistance
    • developing BCC materials and training manuals for the targeted group members, community leaders of the intervention area; and a module for 10-14 year old females by adopting the Council’s It’s All ONE Curriculum.
    • the design and implementation of the project
  • Website Development for wider dissemination and sustainability
    • designing and maintaining an interactive web-page for the project hosted by the Population Council
    • coordinating outputs and activities to make materials from the project available through the dedicated web portal for dissemination and sustainability
  • Evidence generation and knowledge dissemination
    • performing data analyses and writing reports and papers for peer review journals to generate evidence

About Population Council

The Population Council conducts research worldwide to improve policies, programs, and products in three areas: HIV and AIDS; poverty, gender, and youth; and reproductive health. The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental 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 Population Council confronts the most difficult issues facing people in the developing world—from stopping the spread of HIV and expanding contraceptive choices to improving reproductive health and ensuring youth lead full and productive lives. Policymakers, program managers, and others concerned with population and development issues turn to the Population Council for rigorous research results. Council’s research unlocks solutions to a range of challenging problems:

  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Maternal mortality
  • Child marriage
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Rapid population growth
  • Environmental stress/climate change

Throughout its history, the Council’s unique role has been to conduct bio-medical, social science, and public health research and disseminate evidence to shape more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world.

More than 600 staff members from 33 countries in 18 offices Population Council conduct research and implement programs in more than 50 countries around the world. The Council’s work is funded by governments, multilateral organizations, foundations, and individuals. Population Council improves the research capacity of reproductive and population scientists in developing countries through grants, fellowships, and support of research centers.

Staff Bio

Sajeda Amin, Ph.D.
Senior Associate, Population Council

Sajeda Amin joined the Population Council in New York in 1995. She has a master's in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School and a Ph.D. in sociology and demography from Princeton University.

Amin's research employs quantitative and qualitative methods, and her publications are on marriage, fertility, child survival, and women's workforce participation and empowerment, exploring issues such as the influence of religion, region, family change, household structure, gender-based violence, and education.

She has a strong interest in intervention research and has evaluated programs on microfinance, adolescent empowerment, financial literacy, incentives to change behaviors, prevention of child marriage, and prevention of gender-based violence. While most of her work takes place in Bangladesh, she has conducted comparative studies and has written about Egypt, India, and Vietnam.

Amin has been a member of BRAC-USA's advisory board since 2007 and has advised BRAC-Uganda's adolescent girls' program since 2010.