Investment In African Family Planning Programs Can Help Achieve Development Goals

Humanosphere: OpEd: Africa’s challenging demographic future
In a guest post, John Bongaarts, a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Population Council, discusses new estimates for population growth through 2100, with most of the upward trend “largely confined to one area of the world — sub-Saharan Africa.” He argues success in preventing and treating HIV, as well as neglect of family planning initiatives have pushed the increased estimate, which could threaten reaching development goals, writing, “A straightforward and highly desirable solution exists: invest in voluntary family planning programs…” (10/22).