ERIC Number: ED250234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Population Growth and Economic and Social Development.
Clausen, A. W.
Because evidence is clear that in many developing countries development will be postponed indefinitely unless slower population growth can be achieved soon, the international community must work together in a renewed effort to slow population growth. Assistance can be accomplished in three ways: (1) encouraging dialog aimed at forging understanding of the causes and consequences of population trends and encouraging the design of policies addressed to population growth and development, (2) supporting the economic and social development efforts in different sectors, in particular those which stimulate a demand for smaller families, such as education for women and improved economic security for the poor; and (3) assisting in the extension and improvement of family planning and basic health services. The World Bank has committed some $500 million for population projects and over $100 million for health projects. The Bank begins by working with countries to identify objectives and requirements for various resources, then helping coordinate with other donors to meet a variety of needs--clinics and equipment, medicines and contraceptives, information and education, training and local recurring costs, technical and management assistance, and better ways to deliver health and family planning services. Although the Bank plans to at least double its population and related health lending over the next few years, the whole donor community must help by making a commitment to the slowing of population growth. (LH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.