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Cambridge, Massachusetts, Belknap Press, 2008. xiv, 521 p.Rather than a conspiracy theory, this book presents a cautionary tale. It is a story about the future, and not just the past. It therefore takes the form of a narrative unfolding over time, including very recent times. It describes the rise of a movement that sought to remake humanity, the reaction of those who fought to preserve patriarchy, and the victory won for the reproductive rights of both women and men -- a victory, alas, Pyrrhic and incomplete, after so many compromises, and too many sacrifices. (Excerpt)
Global Society. 2007 Jul; 21(3):393-414.To demonstrate that norms have independent causal power, constructivists de-emphasise material factors related to state interests and highlight social factors. Similarly, they conceptualise international organisations as autonomous from state influence, and focus on cases featuring non-state actors that stimulate a "tipping point" of norm diffusion among states in advance of state sponsorship. By contrast, this article utilises an historical materialist approach that admits both social and material data to examine the contrasting case of population control. It finds that US corporate foundations, eugenist demographers, feminist birth control activists and related NGOs conceptualised and promoted population control in the United States, at the United Nations, and across developing countries. However, the tipping point of norm diffusion occurred only after the United States publicly advocated population control. Indeed, material and social factors were inextricably bound together. (author's)
Lancet. 2004 Aug 28; 364:742-744.In May, 2004, the 57th World Health Assembly endorsed WHO’s first strategy to accelerate progress toward reproductive health. All countries, except the USA, joined the consensus on the strategy, noting that achieving reproductive health for all is essential to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The strategy recommends action in five key areas: strengthening health-system capacity; improving information for setting priorities; mobilising political will; creating supportive legislative and regulatory frameworks; and strengthening monitoring, evaluation, and accountability. Although action on all five fronts is needed, we believe mobilising political will, including organising broad constituencies to support agendas for action and to hold governments accountable, is the prerequisite for success in the other four areas. (excerpt)
[Washington, D.C.], AED, 1999. , 11 p. (USAID Cooperative Agreement No. HRN-A-00-97-00007-00)This paper highlights the role of the LINKAGES Project in the promotion of improved breast-feeding and related complementary feeding, and maternal practices. The program is achieved through community-based activities, advocacy in national and global fora, collaborative activities with private and voluntary organization partners and cooperating agencies, and dissemination of quality technical information. The report also outlines the activities in one region and 10 countries in Africa. Their list of programs includes integration of breast-feeding into the various agencies, health ministries, reproductive health services, and refugee health programs. Aside from country program activities, LINKAGES also operates at the global level. It is performed through policy dialogue, participation in international conferences, research of broad interest to program managers, information dissemination, and collaboration with international partners. Furthermore, technical support is provided to integrate innovative approaches into their programs, strengthen staff capacity, and incorporating up-to-date technical information into their materials and training programs. They also collaborate with organizations working in child survival, reproductive health, and emergency response.