IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 6, June 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Aena Goel, Avadh Singhal
This paper discusses the impact of Contraceptive Technology on human development. It starts with establishing contraceptives as technology and then evolution of the technology and role of various actors and institutional policies is discussed. The role of market force driven diffusion and various social and technical barriers that affected the diffusion are also discussed. This paper establishes that public sector incubation becomes necessary in the development of health related technologies that impact a wide socio-economic strata and offer minimal financial returns in the early stages. It also discusses the role of firms and social marketing in large scale dissemination of technology. It also brings out that gender oriented development and policy shaping becomes important in case of contraceptive technology. Also, lessons from Arnulf Grubler’s concepts of technological life cycle have been drawn to analyse the present stage of development of the Contraceptive Technology.