Eighth Annual PopPov Conference Blog: The Demographic Dividend, Revisited
The possibility of a demographic dividend is a great subject of debate in discussions of population and development issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The demographic evolution on the continent is marked by striking contrasts between, on the one hand, the rapid decline of mortality levels (especially infant and child mortality), and on the other, the slow erosion of high fertility levels. This contrast contributes to accelerating population growth in the region and does not bode rapid demographic change in the future. This, however, does not prevent some experts from having an optimistic vision of the demographic future of the continent.
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Eighth Annual PopPov Conference Blog:“Research TO Policy?”: Reflections on a Persistently Intriguing Debate
On the final day of the 2014 PopPov Conference, Peter da Costa facilitated a panel on bringing research to policy makers. The panel included high-level researchers and funders who shared their insight on harnessing research to engage policy spaces. To learn more about the panel, read Dr. da Costa's post on the PRB blog.
Eighth Annual PopPov Conference Blog: Tools for Bringing Research to Policymakers at the PopPov Conference on Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development
On Jan. 25, 2014, four senior-level researchers and donors opened the final day of the Eighth Annual PopPov Conference by sharing the strategies they have used for bringing research to policy and provoking thoughtful discussion. Peter da Costa, development consultant, facilitated the panel which included Jan Monteverde Haakonsen, Research Council of Norway; Chimaraoke Izugbara, African Population Health and Research Center (APHRC); Susan Rich, PRB; and Veronique Filippi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The group addressed one of the core goals of the PopPov initiative: using evidence generated by PopPov researchers to inform policy. Panelists and conference attendees brought up the many challenges that both researchers and funders continue to confront in the pursuit of bringing research to policymakers.
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Eighth Annual PopPov Conference Blog: Breakfast With Champions of Economic Development
At the Eighth Annual PopPov Conference on Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development in Nairobi, Kenya, Marlene Lee sat down with Andrew Foster of Brown University and Paul Schultz of Yale University, and discussed an important topic for researchers: the data currently being used to analyze questions about reproductive health and economic outcomes at the individual and household level. Many researchers use the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) to analyze these relationships, while others apply the gold standard of evaluation: randomized controlled trials. In this blog post, Lee provides insights from Schultz and Foster on the ability of datasets like the DHS to analyze these relationships, and the future of analysis in the economic development field.
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Investigating Elements of a Population, Poverty, and Reproductive Health Research Agenda
This report mainly highlights research results that directly bear
on the thematic issues and policy questions that are the focus
of the PopPov efforts: the relationship between population
growth, reproductive health, and economic outcomes. The
body of the report organizes results from many of the studies
according to substantive topic areas to facilitate a broad overview
of the Hewlett-supported research under the PopPov
initiative; the Appendices (A, B, C) include
a bibliographic list of published studies, project descriptions,
and an overview of projects with their corresponding contributions
to the working group agenda.
Fellowship for Young African Leaders
The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program will bring over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring, and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions.
One of the critical sectors that the fellowship tries to invest in is Public Management. It is tailored to young Africans who work or aspire to work in all levels of government, regional organizations such as the African Union, international bodies such as the United Nations, or other publicly-minded entities or think tanks.
The deadline for applications is January 27, 2014. Click here for eligibility and application details.
INDEPTH Data Repository
The International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Population and Their Health (INDEPTH) Data Repository is an online archive of high-quality datasets from INDEPTH member Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) centres. It is the first data repository that specialises in longitudinal population-based data from low- and middle-income countries.
As at its launch on 1st July 2013, the INDEPTH Data Repository contains detailed datasets underlying the indicators on INDEPTHStats for eight Network member centres. Data from an INDEPTH collaboration on the study of the epidemiology of epilepsy in demographic sites (SEEDS) is also available. The datasets will contain data in event-history format for approximately 800,000 individuals representing more than 3.7 million person years of observation. INDEPTHStats will have indicators from a further 14 member centres.
Engaging with Stakeholders on the Issue of Teenage Pregnancy
Nicola Branson, a member of the research team on the Fertility Timing and Women’s Economic Outcomes in South Africa project headed by Murray Leibbrandt and David Lam, was invited to be part of the statistics working group in the National Teenage Pregnancy Partnership (NTPP). NTTP is a coalition of diverse stakeholders interested in advancing sexual reproductive health and rights. The partnership recognizes the multi-sectoral approach needed to address teen pregnancy and was formed to bring together national expertise from government, civil society and academic sectors to share strategies and develop new approaches to better understand and address teen pregnancy. The NTPP has two main activities – a statistics working group and a teen pregnancy prevention campaign. Branson’s involvement provides an important bridge between the ongoing Hewlett-funded work at the University of Cape Town and this national initiative.
Dr. Branson also gave a presentation on SALDRU’s research on teen pregnancy in the session, “Where to from here? Using hard evidence to determine policy on unplanned teenage pregnancy for the SADC region” at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs Africa (ICASA) in Cape Town, December 8, 2013.
Hewlett Dissertation Alumni Research Grants
Hewlett Dissertation Alumni Research Grants are given to past Hewlett/IIE Dissertation Fellows. This year's Alumni Research grants were awarded to the following researchers:
Kelly Jones (IFPRI 2008-2010 Fellow) and Erick Gong (Middlebury 2009-2010 Fellow): “Can Savings Accounts Save Lives? Financial Products for Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health”
The goal of this project is to see if providing women with financial independence in the form of mobile phone savings accounts can help them better manage risk in their daily lives.
Amber Peterman (UNC North Carolina PRB 2007-2009 Fellow): "Income Shocks and Reproductive Health: Evidence from Large-scale Randomized Cash Transfer Experiments in Zambia"
This study explores the impact of Zambia's child grant programme (CGP), a government operated large-scale unconditional cash transfer programme.
VIDEO: Dan Korbel on DFID-ESRC Growth Research Program
Dan Korbel - Senior Research Portfolio Manager, ESRC - discusses the new four year DFID-ESRC programme which aims to fund world class scientific research on economic growth in low income countries with a high potential for impact on policy and practice. Click here to watch the full video.
Hewlett Foundation Blog: Work in Progress
The Hewlett Foundation announces
the launch of its Work in Progress blog. Work in Progress will offer Hewlett staff an opportunity
to share their thoughts and reactions to developments in their work and in
their fields as well as philanthropy in general. It will highlight new
strategies, evaluations, reports, new interesting ideas and articles, and more.
Click here to
read Hewlett President Larry Kramer's post, "Learning, Transparency, and