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
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.
AFIDEP and Youth in Action (Y-ACT) – an initiative of Amref Health Africa, are collaborating in a youth-led campaign to end teen pregnancies in Kenya. Dubbed, “StepUP the Fight on Teenage Pregnancy: An accelerated multi-sectoral action and disruption in addressing the adolescent pregnancy crisis in Kenya,” the campaign aims to propose ambitious interventions that
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.
According to WHO, teen pregnancies contribute significantly to maternal and child mortality, school dropouts, and perpetrate the poverty cycle. In Kenya, almost 2 out of 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are reported to be pregnant or have a child already.
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.