In an effort to fulfill its mandate on advocating for the implementation of Population Policies and Programmes, NCPD encourages its population officers to write and submit articles to international conferences which serve the dual effects of advocacy and networking on population and development issues.

The 8th APC was held from 18th to 22nd November 2019 and was organized by the Union of African Population Studies (UAPS) in collaboration with the National Population Council of Uganda. It was attended by 900 global delegates including population scientists, international organizations and development partners but with the majority from Africa. The theme of the conference was, Harnessing Africa’s Population Dynamics for Sustainable Development; 25 Years after Cairo and Beyond.

The conference was sponsored by among others United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF), Hewlett Foundation, IPUMS-DHS, giz, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP).

 

Irene, Jane, Wambui and Bernard at the conference

Irene, Jane, Wambui and Bernard at the conference

NCPD was represented by 4 technical staff who presented the following papers/posters;

1. Operationalizing Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: A Case Study of Kenya

Shares experiences, challenges and best practices of Kenya on the path towards harnessing of Demographic Dividend.

Paper/Authors Jane Wanjaria and Irene Muhunzu

 

2. Operationalizing Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: A Case Study of Kenya

Seeks Kenya’s experience to engage County leaders to integrate Population Health and Environment (PHE) into Development planning through allocation of resources and leadership

Poster/ Authors Jane Wanjaria and Irene Muhunzu

 

3. Determinants of Male Involvement in Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Kenya: Evidence from 2014 KDHS

The study sought to establish key determinants of male involvement and found only 44% of men in Kenya are involved in FP and RH and only get involved as they advance in age.

Poster/Author Bernard Kiprotich

 

4. Trends and Determinants of Contraceptive Method Choice Among Women aged 15-24  in Kenya

This was based on secondary analysis of KDHS data of 2003, 2008/09 and 2014 and reports a major shift from short term methods of contraception to long term methods especially Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARCS) among the study group. It advocates for enhanced contraceptive information and services for adolescents and youth, training of more service providers for Larc and sustainable funding in order to maintain momentum achieve FP2020 targets and Demographic Dividend.

Paper/Author- Wambui Kungu

 

Wambui presenting a paper at the conference

Wambui presenting a paper at the conference

 

Some of the other activities the staff engaged in during the conference was training on the Cunning-Karra-Wilde (CKW) Model of data analysis for fertility effects on labour productivity organized by Population Reference Bureau (PRB). There was also a side meeting convened by (PRB) one of the NCPD partners for national population agencies to discuss expanding the membership of the Regional Population Councils/Commissions Collaborative Platform for Africa.

Outcomes of the Conference

  • Capacity Building of Staff in Advocacy
  • Networking with other National Population Councils
  • Publishing prospects for the papers.

Conclusion

The 8th APC was a very useful forum to learn from researchers and population organizations on what is working for Africa and how to address challenges in terms of population and development as we strive to achieve individual country visions to slow population growth and thus achieve faster economic growth, Demographic Dividend and consequently enable Africa to achieve Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.

 

More details/presentations on the 8th African Population Conference are available at http://uaps2019.popconf.org/topics

 

For more details on the blog, email Wambui Kungu on wkungu@ncpd.go.ke