About Rutgers WPF

Rutgers WPF endeavours to create a world in which every human being – male or female, young or elderly, throughout the world, can experience their own sexuality in a voluntary, positive and safe manner. Sexuality and reproduction is a core aspect of everyone’s life.


Rutgers WPF plays a leading role in strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. As knowledge centre, we work closely with partners throughout the world. Our unique approach is based on three core aspects:

  • We influence the policy of governments and international organisations in order to improve legislation.
  • We also monitor current developments and carry out research to ensure that our programmes are evidence-based.
  • And we support professionals in healthcare and education, both nationally and internationally. We consider it essential that such professionals can inform their target groups about sexuality and reproduction within their own cultural context. We therefore develop teaching packages, training courses and educational material to this end.

Better World

This approach should lead to a world where relationships are based on an equal footing, while also improving sexual and reproductive health. 

More information

  • About our work in the Netherlands. 
  • About our international work.


Rutgers WPF has acquired ISO certification. The Rutgers WPF quality management system has once more been approved in 2014 by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance according to the ISO norm 9001:2008. The present certificate will expire in March 2017. Rutgers WPF has also been assessed for the Partos 9001 norm and will be granted the Partos 9001 certificate.  


Rutgers WPF originates from a merger between Rutgers Nisso Groep, Expert Centre on Sexuality and WPF, World Population Foundation.


Rutgers WPF is member association of IPPF, International Planned Parenthood Federation. IPPF was founded in 1952. Two Dutchmen were closely involved in its foundation. Coen van Emde Boas, psychiatrist  and sexologist, and Wim Storm, abortion consultant. They both felt that family planning needed an international approach. Storm promoted the distribution of contraceptives and was an advocate of medically responsible terminations.