Modelling results from a demographic dividend modelling workshop held between the 15th and 19th of May in Dodoma, Tanzania, will today be presented to a multi-sectoral group of participants including senior government representatives from key ministries relevant for harnessing the demographic dividend. Participants at this validation meeting will also deliberate on “game-changer” interventions that Tanzania should implement to harness a sizeable dividend.
Among those expected to be present at the validation meeting today are senior directors in various government ministries and agencies including the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministries of Health, Education, Labor, and Agriculture; representatives from development partners led by Pathfinder; and the University of Dar es Salaam’s Department of Economics, represented by Dr. Joel Silas, Dr. John Mduma and Dr. Mike Ngasa. AFIDEP is being represented at the meeting by Ms. Eunice Mueni, a Knowledge Translation Officer who works in the Demographic Dividend programme here.
The workshop, which ended on Friday 19th and convened representatives from various government ministries and development partners, aimed at estimating the demographic dividend that Tanzania could harness in the future, using the DemDiv model. It also hosted discussions on the policy options for optimizing the chances of maximizing the demographic dividend in Tanzania.
This workshop was a follow-up to the first study to estimate the demographic dividend in Tanzania using the DemDiv modelling tool carried out in 2014. The review and update of the initial study has the full participation of the Government of Tanzania which should enable the findings of the study to gain greater traction than was the case in 2014 and ignite programme action from the government in order for Tanzania to realize the Demographic Dividend. The study is supported by Pathfinder Tanzania, with the technical expertise being provided by the University of Dar es Salaam and AFIDEP.