With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Population Reference Bureau is working to enhance knowledge of the demographic dividend in sub-Saharan African countries and to ensure coordination of related demographic dividend activities in the region. We are also actively engaged in creation and dissemination of country-specific analyses and materials in three designated priority countries: Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Senegal.
At both the regional and national levels, our strategy relies on building local capacity to understand the multisectorial coordination required to realize a potential demographic dividend. We work with African research and advocacy organizations, building their capacity to influence policymakers to strengthen commitment to and investment in family planning, health, education.
For Ethiopia, the following materials on the demographic dividend were developed as part of this project:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, PRB staff led a workshop on challenges and resources for developing advocacy materials around the demographic dividend at the 3rd Conference on Repositioning Family Planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The workshop participants' insights are summarized in the following document: Le dividende démographique : plan d’élaboration des outils de plaidoyer en République Démocratique du Congo
To support regional information sharing and coordination on the demographic dividend, PRB has:
- Created a new website on the demographic dividend, co-hosted with the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.
- Hosted a webinar on "Mapping Research Approaches to the Demographic Dividend."
- Planned several events on the demographic dividend. PRB, along with our partners at the University of Kinshasa, have recently completed a new publication specific to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This publication, a unique wall chart, is an advocacy tool for planning leaders in the country. This tool is intended to highlight particular challenges that the DRC faces, but also explain the need for multisectoral investments, prioritizing key investments in education, health care, and job creation.
The wall chart was launched this summer in the DRC. On July 8, 2016, the University of Kinshasa held a release of the product where Jacques Emina presented data specific to the education sector in the DRC, and outlined the investments needed to improve educational attainment indicators, particularly for girls. The event was attended by over 60 participants, mostly students of demography and economics. The second launch of the wall chart was at the July 11 World Population Day activities led by UNFPA. Over 50 people were in attendance at the PRB/University of Kinshasa World Population Day luncheon where Emina presented on the demographic dividend and DRC, using specific data and recommendations from the wall chart.
- PRB, in partnership with Centre de Recherché en Economie et Finances Appliquées de Thiès (CREFAT), held a week-long policy communications workshop for researchers and civil servants in Saly, Senegal in February 2016. This workshop was focused on the demographic dividend and was intended to train participants on how to effectively communicate their research on the demographic dividend to policy makers in Senegal.