FAQs

1.  What is PSN and how is it co-ordinated?

Population and Sustainability Network (PSN) is an advocacy organisation and international network which brings together development, environment and reproductive health NGOs, government departments, policy research organisations and others to encourage cross-sector discussion and collaboration on population, reproductive health, consumption and sustainable development issues.

PSN operates as an entity in itself and as a wider network. We undertake advocacy and awareness-raising on population, health, and sustainability linkages and issues, and as part our activities we facilitate a network of loosely affiliated organisations.

PSN’s members encompass both organisations based in the UK and overseas, with diverse areas of expertise but shared interests and concerns. The network facilitates linkages between member organisations and other partners and multiplies the opportunities for dialogue, exchange and impact.

PSN is based in London and is co-ordinated by a small staff team which carries out the day-to-day activities, including engagement and collaboration with members and other stakeholders. The PSN Board is responsible for overall policy and strategy. In addition to support and input provided by network members, there is a PSN Advisory Group, comprising distinguished professionals from key sectors relevant to the Network’s focus areas who provide support to PSN on an individual, ad-hoc basis.

2. Is PSN a registered charity and NGO?

PSN is not an independently registered charity or non-governmental organisation (NGO). PSN is part of and operates within its founding sponsor the Margaret Pyke Trust (Registered UK Charity No. 1064672). Funding is channelled through the Trust with an independently audited procedure, and PSN reports regularly to the Margaret Pyke trustees.

The network facilitated by PSN comprises a number of NGOs. PSN is a UN-registered partnership, launched as a UN Partnership for Sustainable Development under the UN Commission for Sustainable Development in April 2004 at the United Nations in New York.

3. How is PSN funded?

PSN’s founding sponsor is the Margaret Pyke Trust, which continues to provide part of PSN’s funding and in-kind support. Our core funding from the Margaret Pyke Trust has enabled us to secure additional funding and donations from a range of sources, including charitable foundations, DFID, network members and individual donors and other supporters, to whom PSN is extremely grateful.

Read more about supporting and getting involved in PSN’s work.

4. How can an organisation become a member of the network?

If you are interested in becoming a network member, please see our Become a network member page.