Areas of action
Part of everyone’s fundamental right to sexual and reproductive self-determination is free access to contraceptives and medical services – irrespective of gender, age and family status. German programmes to promote family planning aim to give women and men the opportunity to exercise this fundamental human right. They should be able to decide freely on the number and spacing of their children. Unwanted pregnancies and abortions should be avoided.
Family planning is not just about providing information on contraceptive methods, it is also about offering couples individual counselling and medical treatment where necessary. It is important to involve men in these counselling sessions if they are to take on more responsibility for family planning.
Social marketing makes it possible to reach a particularly large number of people. Commercial product marketing methods are used to promote condom use. The condoms are sold, generally at a subsidised rate, to ensure maximum availability, even for the poorer sections of the population.
To prevent women being branded criminals if they terminate a pregnancy, Germany supports moves to change legislation on abortion and also advocates that such interventions should be performed only by qualified medical professionals. German development cooperation does not, however, consider abortion an appropriate family planning method.
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Population Dynamics
A BMZ Policy Paper new window, PDF 314 KB, accessible 08/2008 | pdf | 314 KB | 17 P. | accessible
Population dynamics in German development cooperation
Position Papernew window, PDF 889 KB 07/2013 | pdf | 889 KB | 18 P.
Population dynamics and development cooperation
Leafletnew window, PDF 2 MB, accessible 09/2014 | pdf | 2 MB | 8 P. | accessible