On 20 June 2018, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), together with the University of Southampton (UK), the East African Research Fund (EARF), and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), led other stakeholders working in health, population and development in launching the findings of a study that examined the changing demographics of youth and the increasing demand for social services in four East African Community (EAC) countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.
The report, titled East African Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics, presents findings of a year-long study on the socio-economic implications of youth demographics in the EAC countries. The report also provides recommendations to the governments of the four East African countries, as well as to the development partners that work to improve the socio-economic situation in the region.
Held at the Movenpick Hotel in Nairobi, the launch gave particular focus to the youth demographics in Kenya, and was presided over by Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae, the Director General of the National Council for Population and Development. It also convened representatives from the Kenya government’s ministries and departments, youth groups, civil society, academia and development agencies.