Policy Brief: Population

The world's population is growing rapidly, increasing the risk of poverty, political instability and climate change. We're calling for concerted action to slow and stabilise the world's population growth.

March 2010

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In 1950, the world’s population was 2.5 billion; today it stands at 6.8 billion.

It's predicted that the world’s population will stabilise at around 9.1 billion in 2050. Almost all of this increase will occur in developing countries.

Rapid population growth and high fertility rates correlate closely with high levels of maternal and child mortality, and poverty.

To help support this demographic transition in poorer countries, and to slow and stabilise population growth, we're calling for concerted action from donors, international development agencies and developing country governments.

This policy brief looks at:

  • Population trends

  • The impact of rapid population growth on development

  • The link with political stability and climate change

  • Blaming the poor?

  • The benefits of reduced fertility and slower population growth

  • What we're calling for.

 

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