Introducing The Overpopulation Project Video Series # 2: Family Planning: Past Lessons for the Future

The Overpopulation Project presents the second video in our four-part interview mini-series, an interview with Carl Wahren, a population professional with more than 30 years of experience with various multilateral organizations. Carl was a pioneer in introducing family planning programs in developing countries in the 1960’s, programs supported by the government and agencies in Sweden.

In this second video, Carl discusses successes and mistakes in past family planning programs. As the former Secretary General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), he provides valuable insight into the beginnings of family planning programs in Asia.

What are essential components of successful family planning strategies? What mistakes have been made?  Carl answers these questions with the successful example of South Korea, juxtaposed with the many mistakes of the Indian family planning program.

Watch the video and learn about the beginnings of family planning programs! It is imperative that we learn from past family planning programs in order to design and implement improved programs in the future.


Do you want to learn more about the solutions for overpopulation and actions towards sustainability? What actions we need to take on individual, community, national and global level? Check out the Overpopulation Project’s list of solutions!

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4 thoughts on “Introducing The Overpopulation Project Video Series # 2: Family Planning: Past Lessons for the Future

  1. Congratulations to my long time friend and colleague Carl and for Jenna an excellent and compelling video.

  2. Wonderful video, well done. However, I’m left with a tautology: if people use contraceptives TFR will fall. But how do you convince people to use them? Governmental support is not a sufficient condition, as the Korean an Indian examples show. People must understand that having less children is in their own interest. This is the case if a child will reduce your family budget – mainly because of educational costs.

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