Is development the best contraceptive – Part IV: New Consensus View

The New Consensus View is the compromise view, which brings together all the other three views – the New Malthusian View, the Social View and the Women at the Centre View. In the New Consensus View it is recognised that the population problem is as a result of several factors and that the approach for solving the problem should be comprehensive and inclusive of the different conceptualisations.

This analysis is part of a wider analysis that I did debating the question: “Is development the best contraceptive?” The slogan ‘Development is the best contraceptive’ implies that there is a population problem that needs to be solved and the best way to solve it is development. My analysis is based on an analysis by Tom Hewitt and Ines Smyth that is contained in their article titled: “Is the world overpopulated (Hewitt & Smyth, 1992)?”

In my analysis published in different blog posts, I discuss four views on population – the New (Neo) Malthusian View, the Social View, the Women at the Centre View and the New Consensus View; and I conclude by demonstrating how each of the four views takes culture seriously or not.

Blog post featured photo: Baby birthed at the CPAR Uganda health centre at its Loro Facility in Oyam District.


I wrote this analysis and commentary for a tutor marked assignments for the Open University Course Module TUXX871 – Development Context and Practice, a course I passed with merit; as part of my studies for the award of a Master of Science Degree in Development Management of the Open University, United Kingdom. I was triggered by the up-date, below, published in the New Vision to edit and republish my post of 2015 in a more user-friendly manner, hence splitting it up to parts.

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