Eradicating Poverty and Hunger. Is the Family Relevant for Economic Development and Growth?
Dr. Martha Cruz Zuniga from the Department of Business and Economics of The Catholic University of America states at the CSW 56 in March 7 2012 that at the center of these dynamics is the human person, who originates and is served by the economic activity.
The Family fit in the economy because human beings exists, lives, and acts together with others. The way in which they interact, helps or jeopardizes sustainable development. In the basic activities of production, exchange, and consumption the role of the family is Human, Moral, and social Capital, and appropriate distribution.
According to that there is an Economic Prize Nobel in 1992, Gary S. Becker, who based his theory in how the family contributes in a national economy. He affirms “The theory of human capital investment relates inequality in earnings to differences in talents, family background, and bequests and other assets (see Becker and Tomes )”.
Outlined in the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals the UN solutions often proposed are comprehensive education, family planning and other language that according to the results access to family planning increases sexual promiscuity (Kaiser 2000, Paton 2002, USAID 2002). In a 1996 study conducted in four countries, the Conjunct Program of the United Nations on HIV/AIDS found that the use of condoms increased the risk of contracting AIDS because most contraceptives use a chemical substance, nonoxinol-9, which tends to have an irritating effect that causes lesions increasing the risk of contracting HIV(UNAIDS 1996 and NACHHD 1999).
Sustainable economic growth requires institutions, savings, investment and good policies. The family is relevant to the process of production within the economy because it affects human capital and investment
The Neo-Malthusian approach is seriously flawed on many levels and policy actions based on such assumptions are inefficient and damage real sustainable development. They lead to: (1) Aging trap: one child policy (2) Weakening of the family (3) Health problems, (4) Financial burden for government.
Finally, I want to invite you to a Master organized by the Catholic University of America: Master of Arts in Integral Economic Development Management http://iedm.cua.edu/ And to the VI World Family Congress – Madrid 2012, from 25 to 27 of may www.congresomundial.esto follow the Holly See interventions during the CSW56 watch this link: http://www.holyseemission.org/statements/statement.aspx?id=362