World Population Day 2019: Accelerating the Promise

On 11 July 2019, AFIDEP joined stakeholders in population to commemorate World Population Day 2019 in Kisayani High School in Kibwezi town, Makueni County. The commemoration was led by the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) – the host of the event and the focal government agency on matters relating to population and

Nutritional interventions for preventing stunting in children living in urban slums

Loughborough University in collaboration with Cochrane, AFIDEP, and AXA Research fund have released a Cochrane systematic review of the international journal Maternal and Child Nutrition titled, “Nutritional interventions for preventing stunting in children (0 to 5 years) living in urban slums in low and middle-income countries (LMIC).” Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in

Youth Impact is Here

The Youth Impact is inspired by the African Union’s 2017 theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”. This prestigious title has raised awareness of the Demographic Dividend, but mass appeal and understanding is still lacking. The Demographic Dividend is a concept, not a cause. It’s talked about by economists and demographers, but

2018/2019 Kenya national budget: Investing in youth

Ahead of the 2018/2019 national budget reading, Dr. Bernard Onyango, a Knowledge Translation Scientist at AFIDEP discusses the findings of a study on the challenges facing youth in Kenya. He outlines some of the investments the government has already made and what remains to be done in order to leverage on the potential of

Youth demographics in the East African Community: A lens on Kenya

Approximately 17% of the world’s 7.5 billion people live in Africa. About 60% of this population is less than 25 years old. Like the rest of Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, East African Community (EAC) countries – Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania – are experiencing demographic changes, which are affecting not just their size, but also the

Vantage Point: Literacy, skills development, and Africa’s youth

Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, are evolving rapidly. World Literacy Day is marked on 8 September every year. The Day focuses on the skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills

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