Policy Briefs

  • Creating Sustainable Financing for the Malawi Health Research System February, 2017

    This policy brief presents the challenges facing the sustainable financing of Malawi’s national health research system, the commitments already made to improve the country’s health research as well as individualized case studies of countries Malawi could benchmark its own research funding mechanism. Finally, this policy brief also recommends specific reforms the respective Ministries and National agencies should implement to support research generation and utilization for decision-making.

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  • Accelerating economic growth & policy reforms to optimise Zambia’s demographic dividend January, 2017

    Zambia‘s Vision 2030 seeks to turn the country into a prosperous industrial middle-income nation that provides opportunities for improving the well-being of all its citizens. The country has experienced steady economic growth in the past decade, averaging at 6.7 %, and graduated into lower middle-income status in 2012, with a per capita GDP of $1,839 in 2013.

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  • Accelerating fertility decline in Zambia Opening the window of opportunity for the demographic dividend January, 2017

    Zambia’s fertility has declined slowly in the context of steady decline in child mortality over the past three decades. Consequently, 45% of the population is under 15 years of age, which has resulted in a high child dependency burden.

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  • Economic reforms and policies to boost job creation and optimise Malawi’s opportunity to harness the demographic dividend and accelerate socio-economic development September, 2016

    For Malawi to achieve inclusive development and maximise its demographic dividend, the government and private sector should focus on economic reforms that create adequate decent create jobs to keep pace with the rapidly rising youthful working-age population.

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  • A well-educated and highly-skilled labour force is critical for harnessing the demographic dividend in Malawi September, 2016

    A well-educated and highly-skilled labour force is essential to propel Malawi to harness the demographic dividend and transform into the technologically-driven middle-income country envisioned in Vision 2020.

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  • Accelerating fertility decline to open the window of opportunity for harnessing the demographic dividend in Malawi September, 2016

    Malawi’s fertility rate has declined slowly in the context of a steady decline in child mortality over the past three decades. The average number of births per woman has declined from 7.6 in 1984 to 5.0 in 2014, while the number of deaths among children aged less than five years declined from 250 per 1000 births in 1984 to 85 in 2014.

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