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AFIDEP News Issue No 3

This newsletter consists of several articles. Some of the featured articles are listed below. 1)How Evidence-Based is Evidence-Informed Policy Making? In February 2012, AFIDEP partnered with a host of organizations and sponsors, for a 3 day conferen…

Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

The African context in relation to the demographic transition is analyzed in this document as well as the subsequent challenges and opportunities for harnessing the demographic dividend based on a review of various initiatives and country-specific s…

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

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 you…

Investing in Education and Skills Development

"Kenya has one of the most youthful populations in the world with about 43 percent of its population under the age of 15. The youth population is growing fast and the country is experiencing a youth bulge; an excess especially in young population ag…

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

"A strong, dynamic and empowered youth is critical in catalyzing and driving the transformations envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya, and the Kenya Vision 2030. The youth aged 15-24 constitute an important segment of Kenya’s population, accounti…

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: Accelerating Socioeconomic Transformation in Uganda

"Uganda’s young age structure can be turned into a valuable asset for achieving the socioeconomic transformation envisaged in Vision 2040 if birth rates decline rapidly. This will create a population with more working age people than children, which…

Beyond the First Dividend: Sustaining the Second Demographic Dividend

"As a result of a “first” demographic transition, age structures of populations become older. Economically, people often move into higher-paying jobs and countries experience higher per capita income. These social and economic changes motivate peopl…

Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Kenya

"Like many other African countries, Kenya is faced with a rapidly growing population and low resilience to climate change. Its current population of about 41 million people is projected to grow to 97 million by 2050, and reach 160 million by 2100. A…

Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa

"Despite the strong links between population and climate change, and their role in sustainable development, these issues are not a priority in broader development policies and strategies. Unfortunately, population, climate change and development are…

Renewed Efforts to Meet Women’s Reproductive Health Needs Required to Address Stagnation in Family Planning Use in Eastern and Western Africa

"The paper on which this brief is based used data of trends in readiness, willingness, ability, and contraceptive use in Africa from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs), which provide highly standardized and nationally representative informati…

Opportunities for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania

"Tanzania’s demographic and economic profiles favourably position it to benefit from the demographic dividend if the country unleashes its full development potential by simultaneously prioritising: reforms and investments that accelerate fertility d…

Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

"If birth rates in Africa decline rapidly, as it has been the case in other regions, the age structure will change to one dominated by more young people of working age. Coupled with the positive economic outlook for the continent, the change in the …

Prospects and Challenges for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania

"The past and current high levels of fertility in the midst of steadily declining child mortality rates have created a youthful population with a high child dependency ratio in Tanzania. The country’s population has grown from 12.3 million in 1967 t…

Assessing Levels and Determinants of Child Deprivation in Eastern and Southern Africa

"Progress in addressing inequities in child health and wellbeing in Africa has partly been curtailed by lack of proper indicators to measure and monitor progress in reducing the vulnerability of children. Child wellbeing has mostly been identified a…

AFIDEP News June - Dec 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 Afri…

Examining Evidence of Feminization of Poverty in Botswana

"Poverty in Botswana is more pronounced in female-headed households (FHHs) especially those residing in rural areas where employment opportunities are limited. Similarly, the proportion of the FHHs to the total poor increased between 2002/03 and 20…

Understanding youth labour demand constraints in Zambia: The mining, manufacturing and construction sectors

"Zambia is among many developing countries struggling to create adequate employment opportunities for its people, especially in the formal economy. There is high youth unemployment, especially in urban areas where it has surged to 40.4% for females …

In the eye of a storm: "The impact of the economic slowdown on the labour market in promoting job-rich urbanisation in Zambia"

"At that point, with the Zambian economy having experienced impressive growth rates over a long period of time, the central question was how to ensure job rich growth. Soon after the project’s launch however, the Zambian economy took a turn for the …

Unexploited potential: A critical review of policies supporting the self-employed in Zambia

"The employment challenge – creating more jobs and improving the quality of existing jobs – is one of Zambia’s biggest. Over the past decade Zambia has recorded unprecedented economic growth rates, but this has not translated into significant job cr…

The Population Factor in the Development of the Niger Delta Region : Policy Issues

There is much known about the physical resources of the Niger Delta region, as well as the implications of their exploitation for the people of the region. Just as the natural resources are important for the development of the Niger Delta region, so…

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