AFIDEP’s Dr Zulu keynote speaker at 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development

On 4 September 2019, AFIDEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliya Zulu will be the keynote speaker at the 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development in Tunis, Tunisia. His keynote speech will be on “South-South Cooperation for Harnessing Demographic Dividend for Achieving the ICPD Programme of Action (POA) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Ending teen pregnancy among girls in school in Malawi: an investment in knowledge pays the best interest

At ICPD Cairo ’94, Governments agreed that that education is the single most important element on the road to equality and empowerment of girls women. So far, findings from I-LEARN have shown that poverty is a major driver of both teen pregnancy among girls in school and of school dropouts. It was noted that families often struggle to pay for basic needs, including but not limited to school fees, school supplies, and boarding costs. In some instances, girls seek support from boys or men to meet these basic needs, after which they may be pressured into sex. In others, parents pressure or force their underage daughters to marry so that the groom can provide material support to the family, or simply so that their daughter will be supported by someone else. This indicates that greater efforts are needed in understanding and removing social and cultural barriers that hinder girls from completing school after pregnancy.

Making research matter for development: AFIDEP and PRB train researchers in effective communication of their research

Between June 6-13, 2019, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) trained early career researchers from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in effective communication of their research. The purpose is to develop the capacity of these researchers in translating their research for policymakers and other non-scientific stakeholders in order to ensure research is used to improve development effectiveness.

Scientists from across Africa convening to explore their role in governments’ uptake of evidence use in policy making

The African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) are convening distinguished scholars from across Africa for a workshop that seeks to increase their capacity to drive evidence uptake in government decision-making, through knowledge sharing on the pathways to nurturing a culture of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) in government. herebest bunk bed with stairs