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This report assesses the performance and identifies best practices among ESAR countries in operationalising the DD through the translation of demographic intelligence into national development plans, visions and decision making to harness the DD. The assessment employed multiple qualitative approaches including; review of policies and development plans, administration of a survey to UNFPA Population and Development (P&D) advisors and in-depth interviews with various stakeholders in 9 selected ESAR countries.

Our findings show five key areas that countries must focus on in the DD implementation process; advocacy, generation of continuous evidence to inform and guide implementation process, integration of DD into national development plans and strategies, multi-stakeholder collaboration and coordination, and development of a monitoring and accountability framework to assess and course-correct the process.