quinta-feira, 26 de julho de 2012

Experts Call “Unmet Need” for Family Planning Baseless - by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

NEW YORK, July 27 (C-FAM) At the same time governments pledged billions of dollars to push contraception in poor countries based on the idea of an “unmet need” for family planning, an elite group of experts dismissed the term as a poor measure of development aid’s effectiveness.

“The usual numbers bandied about for estimates of ‘unmet need’ do not correspond to any definition of ‘unmet need’ that any economist (or just common sense) could agree to. They are an advocacy construct that has been successfully used in the overall political agenda for promoting family planning,” noted Harvard economist Lant Pritchett. Read More