Grants are Better than Loans for Family Planning

June 1, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to Rei Ravenholt, who served as Director of USAID’s Office of Population from 1966 to1979, for his response to yesterday’s distribution regarding the World Bank’s population health and nutrition programs. Rei had the following comment:

The World Bank has been far more of a hindrance than a help in the world movement to extend birth control throughout the less developed world. Loans are entirely inappropriate for this task, and when intruded into a multi-country family planning support project they invariably slow and likely derail the assistance action. Attached are several relevant communications from the years I directed the USAID program.

Birth Control Must Lead Development Assistance (Word Doc., 27 KB)

Loans Threaten Population Program Progress (Word Doc., 251 KB)

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