Pakistan’s Population Policy: Will it Work?

September 16, 2010 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Bob Walker for this article by Huma Yusuf, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s new Pakistan Scholar.

The best news Pakistanis have received in the past week comes in the form of the National Population Policy 2010. The policy recognises that demographics are the key to promoting economic development and security in Pakistan. It also prioritises family planning – particularly in an effort to promote birth spacing – as the best strategy for achieving ambitious population targets (2.1 births per woman in 2025).

In many ways, the story of Pakistan is one of a failure of family planning. Although the Family Planning Association of Pakistan was set up as early as 1952, we have seen a five-fold increase in our population between 1951 and 2009, from 34 million to 171 million.

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