Research Briefs

  • Towards Maximising the Demographic Dividend in Namibia October, 2018

    The primary objective of this study was to assess Namibia’s prospects for harnessing the demographic dividend and to identify priority options for maximising the dividend. Demographic change has implications for the realisation of these ambitions. This report, therefore, outlines the key policy recommendations on how Namibia can harness the potential of her youthful population to achieve socio-economic development. The Demographic Dividend paradigm offers a framework that is congruent with the needs of Namibia’s long-term development aspirations as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The study concludes that Namibia is already deep within the window period to harness its first demographic dividend. Therefore, there is urgent need for the Government and all other stakeholders in Namibia’s socioeconomic development journey to act with urgency and implement game-changer interventions that will enable the country to take full advantage of the demographic dividend to achieve its long-term development aspirations to become a prosperous and industrialised country, developed by her human resources and enjoying peace, harmony and political stability.

    This is an abridged version of the full study report.

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  • Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics – Uganda July, 2018

    This briefing note summarises a review of literature and policies on youth demographics and implications from our scenario modelling of the short-term and medium-term projections of the youth population in Uganda. Specifically, the briefing note highlights the demand for basic services against population projections.

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  • Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics – East African Community countries June, 2018

    The East African Community (EAC), is a regional intergovernmental partnership between six countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania), originally conceived in 1967 by three founder states (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania), and formally established in 2000 by a treaty. The pillars of integration, which are at various stages of implementation, include a customs union, a common market, a monetary union, and ultimately a political federation. The four EAC countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda), which are the focus of this briefing note, have a combined population of more than 150 million, with Rwanda being the smallest in terms of population size. Like the rest of Africa, the EAC is experiencing demographic changes which are affecting not just the size, but also the age-structure and the region’s social and economic progress.

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  • Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics – Kenya June, 2018

    This research briefing note summarises a review of literature on regional youth demographics, and highlights implications from scenario modelling of the short-term, medium and long-term projections of the youth population in Kenya. Specifically, the briefing note highlights the demand for basic and social services against population projections.

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  • Working with Parliamentary Committees of Health to Tackle Health Issues in Africa December, 2017

    The Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH, previously known as the Southern and Eastern Africa Parliamentary Alliance of Committees on Health (SEAPACOH)) is one of the active networks engaging members of parliament (MPs) in Africa to strengthen the delivery of their functions of oversight, legislation and representation, in tackling health challenges in the region.

    This study sought to understand NEAPACOH’s contributions in strengthening parliamentary committees in Africa to tackle health and population challenges, and identify ways in which the network can become more effective in the delivery of its mandate. Given the integral role of information or evidence in the delivery of the parliamentary functions, the study had a special interest in understanding how the network promotes evidence-informed discharge of the health committee. The purpose of the study was to generate learning needed to strengthen NEAPACOH as well as inform future efforts aimed at strengthening the delivery of parliamentary functions in Africa.

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  • Opportunities for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania July, 2014

    Tanzania’s demographic and economic profiles favourably position it to benefit from the demographic dividend if the country unleashes its full development potential by simultaneously prioritising: reforms and investments that accelerate fertility decline; industrialisation and job creation; investments in education and health to develop quality human capital; and improved governance and accountability in use of the country’s financial and natural resources.

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