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In: Family planning programme sustainability: a review of cost recovery approaches. Papers presented at the Seminar on Programme Sustainability through Cost Recovery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21-25 October 1991, edited by Lori S. Ashford, Med Bouzidi. London, England, International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF], 1992 Mar. 3-6.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) organized a seminar on program sustainability through cost recovery October 21-25, 1991, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The seminar was attended by representatives from family planning associations (FPA) from many parts of the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, the Gambia, Switzerland, Colombia, and Suriname. IPPF Secretariat and International Office staff were also in attendance, as well as representatives from the World Bank, UNFPA, the Futures Group, Management Sciences for Health, Innovative Development Research, and the Indonesian Government family planning agency, BKKBN. The seminar reviewed issues related to program sustainability, including the rationale for and the prerequisites of financial and program sustainability. Participants exchanged field experiences on a wide variety of approaches to cost recovery and resource development. The participants also worked to develop strategies and practical guidelines for FPAs either embarking upon cost recovery schemes for the first time or searching for new strategies. The authors discuss defining what is meant by cost recovery and arguments for and against cost recovery.