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Rapid population growth in Pakistan : concerns and consequences (English)

At a time when many developing countries are experiencing a rapid decline in their fertility rates, Pakistan's remains almost as high today as it was twenty years ago. This report lays out micro- and macro-level consequences of continued high fertility. Two population growth scenarios, one with a more rapid reduction of fertility than the other, are used to highlight the impact of continued rapid population growth. The results are sufficiently serious for Pakistan to warrant a strengthened, broader population policy. This report lays out the major dimensions of such a comprehensive population policy. The first aspect is a broad array of programs that go well beyond family planning. The second aspect is the need for immediate implementation, because of the long lag between policy action and effect. The third aspect is the need to prepare for, and to adapt to, a population that will unavoidably continue to grow for at least four decades. How Pakistan's existing programs fit into this framework, as well as suggestions for further strengthening of these programs, conclude the report.

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Rapid population growth in Pakistan : concerns and consequences (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/846451468098379399/Rapid-population-growth-in-Pakistan-concerns-and-consequences