The European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) is a Brussels-based parliamentary network that serves as a platform for cooperation and coordination for the 25 All Party Groups in parliaments throughout Europe that focus on improving sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and abroad through national and regional health and foreign aid budgets.
Because Europe is home to 18 of the world's 23 governmental donors of development assistance, Parliamentarians play a crucial role in making sure international funding commitments are met and programmes are available where they are needed the most. Domestically, these parliamentarians work to improve the health and rights of their countries' most vulnerable populations.
EPF's expertise derives from its exclusive focus on parliamentarians. Its core activities include conducting field visits to developing countries, supporting parliamentary activities, organising conference on key topics and providing taining to develop understanding and expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. EPF frequently works with UN agencies, inter-governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations on the regional, national and international levels that have an interest in working with Parliamentarians.
The Irish Member Group of EPF is the All Party Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Population and Development.