Population Growth and Foreign Aid

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Dimensions of World Population Growth

Growth of the populations of underdeveloped countries at an extraordinarily rapid rate is multiplying their problems and adding a new dimension to the whole question of foreign aid. The Eisenhower administration is making plans to create a sizable economic development fund to counter threats of Communist encroachment in countries “where moderate leaders despair of being able to lift their nations out of hopeless poverty and stagnation.” 1 Even with outside assistance, however, prospects for improving living standards in these countries are seriously limited by the constant pressure of expanding population.

The United States itself has added 20 million persons to its population in the brief span since 1950. Current rates of growth, if maintained, will about double the present total of ...

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