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How development programs can affect fertility : the case of Bangladesh

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Publication Date: January 1988

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Bryant Robey

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 6

Topic: Population and demographics (Family planning)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Bangladesh


In Bangladesh, where government policy stresses both rural development and fertility reduction, a research program studied the impact of specific development policies and programs on fertility in selected rural areas. The researchers demonstrated that some development activities, although they do not have fertility reduction as an objective, also result in lower fertility, whereas other development programs have little or no effect on contraceptive use or fertility levels.