An African Union (AU) Assembly decision in January 2016 established the theme for 2017 as “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth.” AU heads of state and government recognize a country-level demographic dividend as central to the continent’s economic transformation in the context of AU Agenda 2063—the AU’s global strategy for socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.
PRB informs, empowers, and advances evidence-based decisionmaking in social policies and programs. View highlights of our work during 2016 in the areas of youth, aging, reproductive health, gender, and more.
Most Americans say they want to age in place in their own communities, but their health and ability to remain independent is shaped in part by their neighborhoods. Research finds that the social, economic, demographic, and physical characteristics of communities may influence older residents’ health and well-being.
New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than previous generations of women.
(February 2017) One year after the Zika global health emergency, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Margaret Chan, urged sustained attention to two important weaknesses in global health preparedness revealed by the Zika crisis—insufficient national mosquito control programs and poor access to family planning services.
Two demographic groups—young adults ages 20 to 34 and older adults ages 65 and older—are reshaping the population in rural America. Changes in the U.S. economy have attracted young adults to rural areas rich in natural resources away from smaller metropolitan and nearby nonmetropolitan areas. The older adult population, on the other hand, has grown rapidly in areas with strong ties to recreation—areas with robust entertainment industries or natural amenities such as mountains, lakes, and forests—many of which are in less-populated areas.
The Policy Communication Toolkit consolidates PRB’s training resources and includes new additions on timely topics such as using social media for research and policy, and policy communication for budget negotiations and accountability. Sessions focus on how research can inform policy; how to frame clear, actionable policy messages; and how to communicate those messages through policy briefs, presentations, data visualizations, social media, and more.