Presentation on theme: "Family Planning Programs for the 21st Century: Rationale and Design Reconsidered Monica Das Gupta John Bongaarts John Cleland Shareen Joshi."— Presentation transcript:
Family Planning Programs for the 21st Century: Rationale and Design Reconsidered Monica Das Gupta John Bongaarts John Cleland Shareen Joshi
Outline of talk 1.Why discuss family planning, not female education? 2.Rationale for family planning programs. Review literature on: a)Does rapid population growth affect developing countries prospects of economic growth? b)Does rapid population growth affect prospects of sustainable management of resources? c)Are family planning programs effective? 3.The donor retreat & its implications: a)The donor retreat b)Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa c)Implications for women’s health 4.Designing family planning programs: a)Strengthening the supply of services b)Building demand for services 5.Conclusions
SECTION 1 WHY DISCUSS FAMILY PLANNING, NOT FEMALE EDUCATION?
Why discuss family planning, not female education? Female education strongly associated with lower fertility and better outcomes of many kinds – But well-established in the policy arena, – Well-recognized private & social returns By contrast, family planning relatively neglected by donors – Less awareness of its intrinsic benefits & positive externalities World Bank (2009) notes its support for population nearly disappeared
Percent of donor expenditures on population assistance by activity, 1995-2007 Source: UNFPA 2003:Table 5, UNFPA 2009:Table5
SECTION 2 THE RATIONALE FOR FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS: A LITERATURE REVIEW
1a: Does rapid population growth affect developing countries’ prospects of economic growth? Coale-Hoover ― rapid population growth hinders economic growth (in poor, agrarian 1950s India): – Resources diverted from investment in production to meet needs of: Growing population Rising youth dependency ratios Studies challenging these models ― and rationale for family planning programs (cross-country regressions 1960s to 1980s) Recent studies indicate: – Low dependency ratios: can increase productivity, invest in future growth – Household-level: lower fertility ass with better health, schooling, laborforce participation – Population increases associated with lower growth in per capita income – Rapid population growth can constrain economic growth, especially where policy settings hinder productivity rise Throughout, broad consensus that policy & institutional settings are key driver of economic growth, while population growth rate plays a secondary role.
1b: Does rapid population growth affect prospects of sustainable management of resources? Innovation obviates population pressure on resources: – Population growth induces innovation – Innovation makes resource base effectively infinite (Simon) Constraints to innovation: – Where resources are free or under-priced – Difficulties of managing use of global common property resources
Intensive agriculture has contributed to the proliferation of dead zones Source: World Bank (2010a) World Development Report 2010: Map 3.4 (derived from Diaz and Rosenberg 2008).
Required growth in agricultural productivity Source: World Bank (2010a) World Development Report 2010: Figure 3.5 (derived from Lotze-Campen et al 2009). We thank Dr Lotze-Campen for disaggregating the “business as usual” scenario into two estimates: (1) with population held constant at the 2005 level, and (2) the WDR 2010’s “business as usual” scenario, which includes anticipated population increase to 9 billion by 2055.
1c: Are family planning programs effective? (Pritchett): fp programs little effect on fertility –Controlling for desired family size –Mass media found effective at reducing desired family size –Major component of fp progs Randomized evaluation data virtually non-existent –But many careful studies indicate fp programs reduce fertility
SECTION 3 IMPLICATIONS FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IMPLICATIONS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH