the Unintended Consequences of Family Planning Initiatives in Nigeria

The Unintended Consequences of Family Planning Initiatives in Nigeria

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Elisha Renne (U of M, PSC)

Monday, 10/6/2014.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

Nigeria is the eighth most populous country in the world, with a TFR of 5.5, according to the 2013 NDHS. Despite having a population policy in place since 1988, the overall impact of family planning programs has been small. Indeed, the unintended consequences of some programs have sometimes undermined government efforts. In this talk, I discuss previous unexpected interpretations of family planning and then consider the current population initiative associated with the international program, Family Planning 2020. I conclude with a consideration of the possible unintended consequences of this program and why those involved in formulating population policy and implementing population programs have often been unable or unwilling to anticipate the consequences of implementing such programs.

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