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Helping the poorest without managing birth control creates vicious circle

by stereoid1 min read27th Dec 20198 comments



Just a loose thought I'd like to share. Would love to hear those who disagree:

Assuming no birth control takes places - the poorest regions have also the highest population growth already and helping them would lead to more of the same, amplifying original problems of those regions creating bottomless well of help.

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The global fertility rate has halved in the last 50 years, so I don't think this is as much of a problem as you suggest. Our World in Data attributes the decrease in fertility rates to increasing women's empowerment and decreasing child mortality. https://ourworldindata.org/fertility-rate

As KHorton has alluded to, there is a well-established body of literature which indicates that development leads lower Total Fertility Rates. Examples include the books Common Wealth by Jeffrey Sachs and Factfulness by Hans Rosling et al. The following online resources also explore this:

High fertility and death rates are normal for illiterate societies, this has been the way we lived for 1000's of years. The way to low fertility and low death rates is via basic education.