Writer was wrong about family planning

A provocative opinion piece authored by Patrick Mbataru, titled Kenyans should forget about family planning and multiply in the 13th July, 2016 edition of The Standard, caught our attention. We were dismayed at the disjointed and also misleading arguments he made against the need for family planning in Kenya. If the writer feels he

Communications skills for researchers critical for effective translation of research into policy

The role of research evidence in policy-making is becoming more important than ever as evidence-informed policy-making gains traction in the global development agenda. Evidence-informed policy-making is defined as an approach to policy decisions that aims to ensure that decision-making is well-informed by the best available research evidence. For instance, this was one of the

African legislators deliberate evidence, make commitments to tackle health challenges

Members of parliament (MPs) make important decisions touching on citizens’ every day life. On June 29-30, 2016, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO) in collaboration with AFIDEP convened the annual meeting of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) in Munyonyo, Uganda. The forum sought to, among other objectives,

Africa has the demography for dividends, but will it get the policy right?

In recent years, the demographic dividend has garnered enormous traction in African policy circles, and leaders and policymakers have begun to see it as a strategy for achieving their economic growth targets. Africa has the youngest population in the world. About 43 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is younger than 15, while

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