Webinar Series: Demography and COVID-19 in Africa - Evidence and Policy Responses to Safeguard the Demographic Dividend

Partners: South Africa’s Department of Social Development and Stats SA, British High Commission to South Africa and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UNFPA, African Union (AU) and Africa CDC, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) and PASA
Webinar 1 - The Demographic Impact of COVD-19: Global, Regional and National Experiences

COVID-19 and Demography

Population dynamics are important to any development strategy that a country seeks to implement. To this end, many countries observe their population structure and trends in order to inform holistic and multi-sectoral approaches to sustainable development.  Countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are youthful, and this is reflected in their age structure profiles. As a result, they have huge potential to catalyse a meaningful demographic dividend from having a large proportion of potentially available persons devoted to production and socio-economic development, provided the required social and economic investments have been made to realise their full potential. Such a scenario would boost their efforts to achieve a wide range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). RSA and African countries have to invest and implement relevant policy actions in the areas of health, education and the economy in order to capture and maximise their potential demographic dividend.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has caused major social and economic upheavals that presents an indispensable need for demographers and policymakers to consider how the pandemic interacts with population dynamics, its implications for the demographic dividend, and how the post- COVID-19 recovery plans can be informed and sustained by evidence on population dynamics. The situation also provides an excellent learning opportunity to similar situations that may arise in the future particularly focused on the response of individual countries and regions and how they have relied on evidence or overcome challenges from evidence gaps in their responses.

Objective

Building on South Africa’s data analysis and understanding of the epidemic and lessons from the rest of Africa and other world regions, the webinar series seeks to create a space for sharing a demographic perspective on the impacts of COVID-19  with partners on the continent, considering its implications for Africa to reach a demographic dividend and achieve the SDGs.

The Webinar Series

Under the leadership of South Africa’s Department of Social Development and Stats SA, we are pleased to host a webinar series in October and November 2020, titled Demography and COVID-19 in South Africa – Evidence and Policy Responses to Safeguard the Demographic Dividend. 

The series will take on the form of 5 webinars to explore the following topics:

  1. The demographic impact of COVID-19: global, regional and national experiences
    • What does demographic data tell us about the population-wide impacts of COVID-19?
    • Comparisons between SA and UK and implications for the African continent.
  2. An exploration of evidence-based service delivery in the times of COVID-19
  3. Actions taken by Republic of South Africa (RSA) to adapt its policies and programmes for the Demographic Dividend in light of COVID-19
  4. The impact of COVID-19 on the African continent’s prospects of harnessing the Demographic Dividend
  5. Wrap up session focused on policy recommendations and potential avenues to explore in South-South/Trilateral Cooperation on Demography and COVID-19

Core questions to be explored

  1. How do demographic age structures and indicators influence the way COVID-19 spreads in and affects a population?
  2. What has been learnt about data, indicators and the measurement thereof to monitor and evaluate the impact of COVID-19 and to inform governments’ responses?
  3. What are the possible implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on progress towards a positive and inclusive demographic dividend in South Africa and the rest of Africa?
  4. What lessons can we learn from Africa’s response to COVID-19?

Below is the curated list of the resources emerging from our desk review.

  1. Africa CDC COVID-19 resources
  2. WHO COVID-19 Dashboard
  3. COVID-19 in Africa: A call for coordinated governance, improved health structures and better data
  4. Mapping risk factors for the spread of COVID-19 in Africa
  5. COVID-19 in Africa: alternative to current confinement approaches
  6. 2020 Goalkeepers report – COVID-19, A global perspective
  7. UNECA COVID-19 response and resources in Eastern Africa
  8. Preparedness and vulnerability of African countries against the importation of COVID-19: a modelling study
  9. Allocation of scarce resources in Africa during COVID-19: utility and justice for the bottom of the pyramid
  10. UN Policy Brief – Impact of COVID-19 in Africa
  11. Africa’s varied COVID Landscapes
  12. The financial impact of Coronavirus in Sub-Saharan Africa
  13. The potential impact of COVID-19 epidemic on HIV, TB and Malaria in LMICs
  14. The potential public health impact of COVID-19 on malaria in Africa
  15. The impact of COVID-19 and strategies for mitigation and suppression in low-and middle-income countries
  16. UNESCO COVID-19 education response
  17. UN Women COVI-10 Emerging gender data and why it matters

AFIDEP resources on the demographic dividend in Africa:

Reports

Research Briefs

Policy Briefs

The webinar series will generate a level of consensus on core trends and findings among experts to formulate a set of policy options to recommend to the national government as well as regional institutions.

South Africa’s Department of Social Development and Stats SA, the British High Commission to South Africa and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UNFPA, the African Union (AU) and Africa CDC, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) and PASA.

Key Details

Dates: October 2020 to November 2020
Aim:

Under the leadership of South Africa’s Department of Social Development and Stats SA, we are pleased to host a seminar series in October and November 2020, titled Demography and COVID-19 in South Africa – Evidence and Policy Responses to Safeguard the Demographic Dividend. 

 

 

 

Click a webinar for more information:

  1. WEBINAR 1 – Oct 21: The demographic impact of COVID-19: global, regional and national experiences
  2. WEBINAR 2 – Oct 28: An exploration of evidence-based service delivery in the times of COVID-19
  3. WEBINAR 3 – Nov 4: South Africa’s Social and Economic Programmes to Harness the Demographic Dividend
  4. WEBINAR 4 – Nov 11: The Impact of COVID-19 on the African Continent’s Prospects of Harnessing a Demographic Dividend
  5. WEBINAR 5 – Nov 25: WRAP UP SESSION – Series Synthesis and Policy Options
Where: South Africa
Project Manager:Bernard O. Onyango

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