News Selection – World Population
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on World Population.
Hungary gives tax breaks to boost population
10/2/2019: Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced tax benefits and subsidies to encourage families to have more children. He said the policy was meant to create more Hungarians instead of promoting EU-backed immigration.
In Nigeria, Trump administration policies bite hard
5/2/2019: UNFPA Nigeria lost over 60% of its family planning funds within one year, in a country that is facing a potentially crippling population boom.
Experts urge Egypt to rethink two-child population strategy
3/1/2019: Egypt's population now exceeds 100 million and a government programme called “two is enough” has been launched to encourage people to limit family size. But Egypt has a long way to go in persuading its people. Source: The Guardian
Falling total fertility rate should be welcomed
26/:12/2018: Declining fertility rates around the world should be cause for celebration, not alarm, a leading expert has said, warning that the focus on boosting populations was outdated and potentially bad for women. Source: The Guardian
Progress on family planning way off target, FP2020 update reveals
13/11/2018: The latest annual report from the Family Planning 2020 Partnership concludes that it will be impossible to achieve the target of reaching 120 million more women and girls in the world’s 69 poorest countries with modern contraceptives by 2020. Source: Devex
Modern contraception prevents over 100 million unplanned pregnancies
12/11/2018: A groundbreaking new report on family planning in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries shows more women and adolescent girls than ever before are making the voluntary choice to use contraception in their everyday lives. Source: Family Planning 2020
UN report calls on all countries to target universal reproductive health services
17/10/2018: Continued progress on decreasing fertility rates and family size is dependent on health systems providing universally accessible reproductive health services, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Source: Devex
World population set to grow another 2.2 billion by 2050
17/10/2018: According to new UN estimates, the world’s population is set to grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050. More than half of that growth is likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa. Source: UN News
How to grapple with soaring world population? An answer from Botswana
10/10/2018: Fifty years ago, Botswanan women would have seven children on average. Now they have fewer than three. It’s one of the fastest falling fertility rates anywhere in the world – a dramatic decline that merits scrutiny. Source: The Guardian
Tread Softly Comment: This Guardian feature pulls together the range of factors that have contributed to the widely recognised advance in sexual and reproductive health rights in Botswana. Any presumption that such success can be replicated throughout Africa should note the unsettling aspects lurking at the end of the article - problems in reaching the poorest areas of the country and the closure of family planning centres imposed by the "global gag" rule which has been revived by the Trump administration. Relevant Briefing: Population Policies
Preparing for Africa's population boom
26/9/2018: Africa's population is growing rapidly and is set to double by 2050. How are African countries changing attitudes towards birth control and preparing for the future? Source: DW
Tread Softly Comment: Conflict in DRC; unshakeable cultural attitudes in Nigeria, unhelpful presidential intervention in Tanzania, investment in reproductive health services in Rwanda and Ethiopia - this concise review of Africa's population growth serves a reminder that every country needs to be understood in its own context. Relevant Briefing: Population Policies