New Directions for the Population Movement?

  • Oscar Harkavy
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE)


By the mid-1970s, the population movement had achieved worldwide momentum. As of 1973, 132 countries with 75 percent of the Third World’s population had adopted official policies to reduce birthrates; another 31, containing an additional 16 percent of the developing world’s people, officially supported family planning programs for nondemographic reasons, such as health of women and children.1 Industrial world governments, international agencies, and foundations were together spending about a quarter of a billion dollars a year on overseas population assistance.2 Third World countries themselves were spending twice that amount on family planning out of their own national budgets. University-based population studies programs in the United States and abroad enjoyed high levels of support. Nongovernmental agencies dedicated to population work abounded. Population bureaucracies flourished in developing countries and in donor agencies.


Family Planning Reproductive Health Population Movement Family Planning Program Population Policy 
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  • Oscar Harkavy
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  1. 1.The Ford FoundationNew YorkUSA

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