Research Reports

  • 2015 ResUp MeetUp Symposium Report July, 2015

    The ResUp MeetUp (Research Uptake)community is designed to help research uptake and communication professionals keep up-to-date with this rapidly evolving field. The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and Quaternary Consulting convened the first ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 9–12, 2015. The overarching goal of the forum was to explore issues surrounding the utilisation of research evidence in decision-making by policymakers, programme implementers and communities, among others (i.e. research uptake). Research uptake is an emerging field that is not yet very well understood. As such, the forum sort to explore emerging issues in the processes of research uptake in order to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of research uptake.

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  • Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa May, 2015

    About half a century after it was established and many of its member states gained independence, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 set the stage for the continent to transform into an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena” in the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 was formulated at a time when the continent is enjoying an economic renaissance characterised by steady economic growth over the past decade or so. African economies are projected to continue growing in future, buoyed by rapidly increasing foreign direct investment for infrastructure development, investments in the extractive industry, and impressive growth in information and communications technology.

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  • Prospects and Challenges for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Tanzania August, 2014

    The past and current high levels of fertility in the midst of steadily declining child mortality rates have created a youthful population with a high child dependency ratio in Tanzania. The country’s population has grown from 12.3 million in 1967 to 44.9 million in 2012. According to the medium variant UN projection, the population will more than double to 129 million by 2050. The 2006 National Population Policy notes that rapid population growth and the consequent high child dependency burden is a key bottleneck undermining socioeconomic development in Tanzania. The policy notes that the strains caused by rapid population growth are felt most acutely and visibly in the public budgets for health, education and other human resource development sectors.

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  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: Accelerating Socioeconomic Transformation in Uganda July, 2014

    Over the past three decades child mortality has declined steadily while fertility rates have remained high in Uganda. This imbalance has resulted in rapid population growth and a youthful population with a high child-dependency ratio. The population has grown from 9.5 million in 1969 to 35.3 million in 2013, and according to UN projections, will grow to 83 million by 2040. Because high fertility has persisted for a long time, the population of Uganda has inbuilt high momentum to continue growing for at least another century.

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  • Landscape Analysis of MNCH, FP and HIV/AIDS Integration in Eastern and Southern Africa June, 2014

    Inadequate investments in the maternal, newborn and child health platform in many sub-Saharan African countries means that the platform remains too weak to support integration efforts. It is a fact that majority of expectant women in most sub-Saharan African countries attend antenatal clinics. A good proportion of these women deliver in health facilities. It is also a fact that majority of children under five years receive essential vaccines through the healthcare system in most sub-Saharan African countries. It makes sense therefore that providing HIV/AIDS and FP services as part of the ANC, delivery, and newborn and child health services can greatly increase access to these services and save lives.

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  • Crisis in The Sahel – Possible Solutions and the Consequences of Inaction April, 2013

    A report following the OASIS Conference (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel) hosted by the University of California, Berkeley and African Institute for Development Policy in Berkeley on September 21, 2012 The goal of this report is to start building a network of scientists and policy makers committed to helping the Sahel address its population, environment, and food security challenges. A compelling body of evidence is needed to inform people in governments and relevant local institutions, humanitarian organizations, foreign aid agencies, philanthropic institutions, and national security agencies concerning the startling challenges facing this neglected and highly vulnerable region.

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