Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations | Western Cape Government

Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations


Happy mother and childFamily planning helps you to have the size family that you can afford. Smaller families will also impact positively on our nation’s social and economic development.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  highlights the urgency and importance of population issues.

Family planning plays an important role in slowing unsustainable population growth that can have a negative impact on the economy, environment, and national and regional development.

Family planning

Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right and is a key factor in reducing poverty. We want to ensure that all residents of the Western Cape have access to family planning resources. If you want to avoid pregnancy and would like to find out more about family planning and contraceptivesvisit your local clinic to speak to a nurse who'll advise you.

According to the UNDP, the 9 standards to support the human right in family planning are:

  • Non-discrimination: Family planning information and services can't be restricted on the basis of race, sex, language, religion, political affiliation, national origin, age, economic status, place of residence, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Available: Countries must ensure that family planning commodities and services are available to everyone.
  • Accessible: Countries must ensure that family planning commodities and services are accessible to everyone.
  • Acceptable: Contraceptive services and information must be provided in a dignified manner, respecting both modern medical ethics and the cultures of those being accommodated.
  • Good quality: Family planning information must be clearly communicated and scientifically accurate.
  • Informed decision-making: Every person must be empowered to make reproductive choices with full autonomy, free of pressure, coercion or misrepresentation.
  • Privacy and confidentiality: Everyone has the right to privacy when seeking family planning information and services.
  • Participation: Countries have an obligation to ensure the active and informed participation of individuals in decisions that affect them, including health issues.
  • Accountability: Health systems, education systems, leaders and policymakers must be accountable to the people they serve in all efforts to realize the human right to family planning

Smaller families

Small family having lunchOur population will be positively impacted when we use family planning resources and we think about the benefits of having smaller families. At times, religion, culture and economic factors influence couples when deciding on the size of the family. It’s been proven that the smaller the family, the greater the benefits.

Benefits of smaller families

  • Children receive more attention from their parents.
  • Children with one or no siblings do better in education.
  • Children prosper more economically and socially.
  • Parents with fewer children can manage their finances better.
  • Parents can have more time dedicated to their work or other aspects of their lives.

Need advice?
Our Department of Social Development offers a wide range of services and opportunities to support you and your family’s needs.

Read more on the implications of having a child below.

The content on this page was last updated on 2 May 2019