Since the conclusion of World War II, international economic assistance to the developing world has played an important role in helping to promote economic and social development. It has contributed to slowing the rate of population growth, extending the average length of life, improving the production and distribution of food, enhancing educational opportunities (especially for girls), and promoting greater employment opportunities. The extent to which foreign assistance has brought about these positive changes cannot be measured with any precision. But there is little question that much of the developing world, at least outside sub-Saharan Africa, has advanced considerably over the past 50 years and that foreign aid, especially in areas such as family planning, education, and food production, has had something to do with it.


Reproductive Health Family Planning Service Development Assistance Population Policy Reproductive Health Service 
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