In the beginning of 2011, Family Planning International and the Burnet Institute began cost-benefit analyses of family planning in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
These analyses will focus on identifying how different levels of investment made in family planning now, can affect the sexual and reproductive health of individuals, the population and demographic makeup of countries, and government expenditure on core sectors over the future.
In the short term, it is intended that these analyses will provide policy makers with evidence-based arguements for improving family planning services.
In the long term, it is hoped that they will directly contribute to policy change that improves Pacific people's sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as further the objectives of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals.
The findings of this research will be released in early 2013.