African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

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In 2009, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), an African-led, regional non-profit policy think tank, was established to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in the areas of population change, public health, and the environment in Africa. The purpose of AFIDEP’s work is to contribute to sustainable socio-economic development by enabling the formulation of policies and programme interventions that are informed by sound research evidence in these focus areas. https://www.afidep.org www.afidep.org

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Economic Reforms and Policies to Boost Job Creation and Optimise Malawi’s Opportunity to Harness the Demographic Dividend and Accelerate Socio-economic Development

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Published: 2016
Malawi can by optimizing its economic opportunities and unleashing the power of its youthful population into an asset for development through the demographic dividend (DD), potentially accelerate its socio-economic economic transformation agenda outlined in Vision 2020. The DD is the economic benefit that arises from a significant increase in the ratio of working-age adults relative to young...

Report of the Baseline Survey on the Context and Status of Research Use in Policy Formulation at the Ministry of Health in Kenya

This study makes a number of recommendations that, if adopted, could strengthen institutional and individual capacity for increased demand and use of research evidence in Kenya’s health sector. At the individual level, there is a need for capacity building to equip the staff at MoH involved in policy formulation with the necessary skills required at every step of policy formulation. There is also...

SECURE Health News, Issue 3, August - December 2015

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Published: 2015
In this issue of Secure Health news topics of discussion includes: "SECURE Health Programme covers mid-term of successful implementation" highlighting the success of the programme, "Kenyan policymakers and experts deliberate on key public health issues at the 4th Research-to-Policy Conference" summarizes the interactions of the conference and "Malawi research...

AFIDEP News June - Dec 2015

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Published: 2015
In ‘Malawi President commits to championing youth development and the demographic dividend in Malawi and across Africa’ President of the Republic of Malawi, H.E. Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, has pledged to mobilise other African leaders and the African Union to prioritise investments that will help African countries harness the demographic dividend (DD). In ‘Using training as one approach for...

Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in Kenya

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Published: 2015
"In this fact sheet, adolescents comprise 24% of Kenya's population. This large adolescent population has implications on the country's health and development agenda as it is likely to place increasing demands on provision of services."

Gaps in Health Care Provision for Key Populations Along East African Community (EAC) Transport Corridors

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Published: 2015
"Globally, key and mobile populations are exposed to numerous health risks and vulnerabilities due to risk factors such as risky sexual behaviours, low risk perception, high levels of mobility, unsanitary accommodation, and inadequate access to health and social services. In the East Africa Community (EAC) region, these challenges are further compounded by the limited access to comprehensive...

Health and HIV/AIDS along the East African Community Transport Corridors: A Situational Analysis

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Published: 2015
"This Policy Brief provides an overview of the findings of a situational analysis conducted in July 2014, on health and HIV/AIDS to support the development of a regional strategy for integrated health and HIV programming along the East Africa Community (EAC) region transport corridors. It highlights existing gaps in and opportunities for improving service delivery along the EAC transport...

SECURE Health News, Issue 2, Feb - July 2015

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Published: 2015
SECURE Health draws attention to research non-use at a Health Scientific Conference in Kenya. It talks of evidence-informed policymaking training for technocrats in the ministries of health and parliaments in Kenya and Malawi. Other topics discussed is helping Malawi MPs focus on evidence in the 2015/2016 budget deliberations and how science-policy cafés in Kenya and Malawi focus on health policy...

AFIDEP News June - Dec 2015

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Published: 2015
This newsletter by AFIDEP consists of several articles. The first article : Malawi President commits to championing youth development and the demographic dividend in Malawi and across Africa. The meeting and procedures discusses how Malawi can harness the demographic dividend to accelerate socioeconomic transformation and economic development. The meeting also discussed initiatives that the...

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

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Published: 2015
This policy brief discussed how Kenya can harness the youth potential in order to achieve the demographic dividend through highlighting the skills supply mismatch, unemployment and underemployment, job creation and existing opportunities for the youth in Kenya. With quality education, a deepening human capital base and targeting sectors with the highest growth potential will enable the country...

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