October 15, 2012
German Development Bank And UN Population Division Accelerate Depopulation Policies in Yemen.
Last week the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the German Development Bank (KfW) have committed to a program ensuring that their demand for population reduction in Yemen is being realized double quick. Granting 8 million Euros for this new program’s budget, the director of the German Bank Bernd Schönewald joined Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, the visiting UN Assistant Secretary General and Global Deputy Executive Director for the UNFPA.
“The new funds, which are arriving as support from the German government, will allow the UNFPA to assist the Yemeni government in implementing much-needed projects, and make sure that every pregnancy is wanted and every childbirth safe in Yemen,” Albrectsen said.
At superficial glance, this financial injection in these “much-needed projects” by the Germans fits in with Merkel’s recent advocating of financial rescue programs for ailing EU-members. Her stance has raised many eyebrows, and rightly so. However, when we take into account Germany’s financial assistance to population policies in developing countries such as Yemen not a voice is heard.
These continuous cash flows from European bankers into depopulation programs in developing nations are all but new. The German Development Bank has long endeavored to bring down the Yemen population. In 2010, the Bank put 4.5 million Euros into a campaign to sell population reduction through TV adds and other dissemination outlets. In a 2010 press release by the German Development Bank, its success in bringing down fertility in the nation is being boasted about:
“Since 2005 KfW Entwicklungsbank has been cooperating closely with the Yemen Ministry of Public Health to initiate social campaigns on the topic of health and contraception and to provide subsidized contraceptives.”
Admitting that these social campaigns are “not centered on contraception or protection from HIV”, the Bank states: “that would be unthinkable for the public.” Instead, says KfW health expert Bettina Zoch:
“We are focusing on the topic of health and the risks that too many births pose for mothers and children, and on the topic that having too many children brings poverty.”
Stating that KfW has installed a national foundation in Yemen “fully devoted to the field of health and contraception”, Zoch admits to attracting national celebrities to bring the gospel of depopulation to the Yemini people. Through the Bank’s “in-country” foundation it has “succeeded in attracting not only popular actors for the TV health spots but also Mohamed Al-Shwaiter, a religious leader who encourages men and women in his sermon to practice contraception. And this is working. In selected villages where the education campaigns were tested, the number of people using contraceptives doubled from 9.2 to 18 per cent within a few years”, Zoch stated.
In addition to public brainwashing campaigns, Zoch also stated that the German Bank, through its national foundation, “developed a contraceptive product line of its own under the brand name Protec. The Protec products are being sold by pharmacies and other private sales outlets and are very affordable, putting family planning within reach of many poor people for the first time. The success is reflected by very high sales figures. From 2007 up to early 2010, 5.5 million Protec condoms, one million monthly cycles of oral contraceptives and 348,000 units of three-month injectables were sold, and 85,000 IUDs were inserted in Yemen.” From the 2010 press release:
“These very good figures are an achievement of the broad education campaigns. The spots are broadcast not only on television and in cinemas. Rural villages hold public assemblies where the educational and health films are shown to hundreds and thousands of women. Theater shows are now being performed in schools to reach adolescents, many of whom have not had any sex education. Hairdressers are being advised on how to approach the topic of contraception and HIV in casual conversation with their customers. In mass weddings with up to 200 couples, the Foundation distributes surprise bags with educational material. Village fairs now include quiz shows with educational questions that are particularly popular because of the attractive prizes.”
Apparently the German Bank’s success in bringing down fertility in Yemen spurred the UN’s population division to accelerate its operations in the nation. As the German Development Bank Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy Philip Holzapfel stated: “As Chancellor Angela Merkel said when president Hadi visited Berlin, ‘One only needs to have a look at the map to understand how important Yemen is.’”
“Germany”, Holzapfel continued, “is interested in doing everything in its power to help Yemen get out of this difficult period and on a good path for democratic transition and transformation.”
“(…) without women’s health, there is no real progress possible in Yemeni society. The other aspect is that population growth at this stage, at the pace at which it is now progressing, is a severe impediment to progress and growth within Yemeni society – both in terms of economic and social growth.”
He also noted that population reduction is essential “since resources are limited and if no curve in population growth is registered, it will be difficult for Yemen to extricate itself from a state of humanitarian crisis.”
Another UNFPA representative stationed in Yemen, Marc Vandenberghe, expressed his concern that population growth in Yemen is getting out of control:
“Population growth in Yemen is very high… every year, there are 3% more people in Yemen”, Vandenberghe said.
“This represents a problem because there are not sufficient resources to provide enough food, water, education, and employment to the Yemeni people. We believe that Yemen’s chances for development will be enhanced if we succeed in bringing down or stabilizing population growth,” said Vandenberghe.
Deputy Representative of UNFPA in Yemen, Eiko Narita, lauded the “partnership” between the German government and Yemen’s Ministry of Health, saying:
“The UNFPA can contribute through this project in a very meaningful way to sustainable development in Yemen.”
As the German Development Bank presented their financial injection, the World Bank announced yesterday it will offer “technical and advisory support” to make sure the money is well spent.
The extend to which international bankers, such as the German Development Bank and the World Bank are willing to tighten the screws on “Highly Indebted Poor Country’s” in implementing globally coordinated population control policies also becomes obvious in their past meddling in the reproductive habits of the people of Yemen. In regards to the World Bank’s population policies in Yemen, a 2007 World Bank document states:
“In the lending portfolio, restructuring of the Health Sector Reform Project (which includes family planning) is proposed and is expected to lead to a Population II Project to specifically address high fertility and family planning issues. Pillars two and three address population and reproductive health. Contraception is addressed effectively, and CPR is included as a CAS indicator. Furthermore, earlier in 2006, the Bank produced a study on “Promoting the Demand for FP in Yemen.”
“High fertility and rapid population growth”, the document reads, “were not only acknowledged as major impediments to economic growth and poverty reduction, but was included as one of the specific goals that was subsequently translated into policies, programs, and an indicator (reduce population growth rate by 3 percent per annum). Moreover, budget was allocated specifically for each of the four population policies that were outlined.”
Under the catch-phrase: “Multisectoral approach” the dimensions of the population policies are being made clear:
“A more systematic approach to mainstream population within the core agenda (…) would greatly enhance the adoption of a truly multisectoral approach. (….) The Bank’s comparative advantages in strengthening health systems are mainly in the areas of health financing, system governance, accountability for health service delivery, and demand-side interventions, all of which are important to further the population agenda.”
“By supporting large-scale implementation of an integrated health sector plan that includes family planning, the Bank can play an important role in keeping family planning as a priority in high fertility and high-population-momentum countries. Even though historically some successful family planning programs were based on a vertical approach, such an approach is now considered less attractive, both from a sustainability standpoint as well as from a comprehensive reproductive health approach.”
However deceptive and “rational” the language, the document is nevertheless strangely upfront about their full-spectrum dominance (to make use of a common military phrase):
“Unless population issues are approached in a multipronged fashion, it is unlikely to accelerate a demographic transition in these countries.”
The report goes on to say that: “The Bank is well positioned to systematically include population and reproductive health dimensions in key strategic documents (…). The Bank is particularly well placed to provide the fiscal and economic analysis to ensure that funding of population issues is placed within the overall development financing agenda of the country.”
“This strategy can be best achieved by a coordinated strategy implemented by a visible, strong, and high-level in-country unit with the mandate to design, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The Bank can help strengthen such institutional mechanisms, and foster collaboration with external national or international partners.”
There it is. As the recent German contribution shows, the collaborations are increasing every year as the global elite tightens the screws on yet another sovereign nation.