Mention is often made of a campaign of the rich and powerful who devote themselves to limiting the world population of the poor in order to avoid the obligation of sharing their wealth. Isn't that a rather gloomy outlook for society and the future of the world?

It is sufficient to read specialized publications, accessible to the public at large, in order to realize the enormous means employed by rich countries to "contain," that is to say curb, the poor population.1 Some of these same publications also expose, with a pitiless clarity, the scandalous concentration of wealth. Yet, some insist that the South will pose a threat to the North.

Without denying the complexity of the problems, we can say that aid to the South is often conditional on acceptance of culturally and morally shocking birth control campaigns.2 Some even propose that the Third World accept control of its population in exchange for a renegotiation of its debt! The rich decidedly fight with greater ardor against the poor than against poverty!

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  1. See for example Inventory of Population Projects in Developing Countries Around the World, 1991-1992 (New York: United Nations Population Fund, 1993).
  2. See for example Population and the World Bank. Implications from Eight Case Studies (Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 1992). Regarding Senegal, for example, we read on p. 58 of this publication : The "recommendation [inviting the World Bank to concentrate its aid to supporting the (Senegalese) government in developing a total demographic policy] was accepted and finally executed, making such a policy statement a condition for the release of the second tranche of the third structural adjustment loan." Another consequence of the acceptance of this policy and the role of the World Bank has been "the development of a Human Resources Project for Senegal, approved by the Administrative Council in April 1992. A condition of the negotiation was the lifting of restrictions on the allocation of services for family planning…. A condition for approval was the official adoption of the National Program for Family Planning." See also the study of the same World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa: From Crisis to Sustainable Growth (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 1989)p. 6.

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