Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Gib Clarke serves as program associate for population, environment, and health issues for the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Health Initiative. He previously worked as a program assistant for Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), where he conducted evaluations of reproductive health and micro-lending components of the Integrated Population and Coastal Resources Management (IPOPCORM) project in the Philippines. He also worked on a cervical cancer project in Peru and served as a liaison between the central office and Latin American field offices. As a branch manager and loan officer for ACCIÓN Texas, Gib opened a branch of the micro-lending organization, developed and implemented a marketing plan, and fostered board relationship and defined board roles. He also has performed field-based HIV/AIDS, family planning, and education assessments in Nicaragua and Guatemala with both the Northwestern University Alliance for International Development and TeenSmart International. Gib has an MPH in maternal and child health from the University of Washington, and BAs in economics and psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Five former USAID population directors together endorse forceful reasons why Congress should more than double spending on international family planning in the coming years.
Demographic trends can interact with other factors such as poverty, poor governance, competition for natural resources, and environmental degradation to exacerbate tensions and contribute to conflict. But demography is not destiny, and family planning and reproductive health can play an important role in preventing and reducing instability.