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Report of the High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Harnessing the Demographic Dividend for Agenda 2063

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UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), held a high level ministerial  dialogue with African Ministers in charge of planning, finance and economic development on the issue of harnessing Africa’s potential demographic dividend on the 29thMarch 2015. This high level event occurred on the margins of the First Specialized Technical Committee  on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, which was devoted to the theme of ‘Implementing Agenda 2063 - Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development’.

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Harnessing The Opportunity Of The Demographic Dividend

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The demographic dividend refers to a window of opportunity when a country’s population has proportionally more working adults than non-working dependents. When this happens, the economic payoff can be substantial. But this boon is not guaranteed. To seize the opportunity, timing and policy are critical.

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UNFPA: A Value Proposition for the Demographic Dividend

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Sustainable development cannot be achieved without assuring that all women and men, girls and boys, enjoy the dignity and human rights to expand their capabilities, secure their reproductive health and rights, find decent work, and contribute to sustainable economic growth.
Defining the necessary policies and investments to secure that future, demands that governments throughout the world know the size, sex, location, and age structure of their present and future populations, so that they can tailor investments for inclusive growth, and leave no one behind.

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A 3E Policy Framework to Reap the Demographic Dividend: Empower, Educate, Employ

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The demographic dividend is the economic payoff that can occur when there are relatively large numbers of people of working age. This can occur when substantial declines in fertility lead to a lower share of dependent young children in the population— a boon that will last until the bulge of workers begin to age and retire and the number of dependent elderly rises.

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Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015

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In East and Southern Africa, the maternal mortality ratio declined from 918 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 407 per 100,000 in 2015 - a drop of 56 per cent. This means a 1:52 lifetime risk of maternal death in the ESA region. The global maternal death ratio fell by 44 per cent between 1990 and 2015. The total number of maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532,000 in 1990 to an estimated 303,000 in 2015. This equates to an estimated global maternal death ratio of 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.

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Demographic Dividend Brochure

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The demographic dividend is the economic benefit that can arise when a population has a relatively large proportion of working age people, and effectively invests in their empowerment, education and employment.

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Voices of Change

Annual Report

This report documents major achievements and innovations in 2014, the initial year of Phase II of the Joint Programme, with a focus on three major outcome areas:

• Improved policy and legal environments for the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM)

• Increased quality of related health-care, protection, legal and social services

• Increased acceptance of the elimination of the social norm upholding FGM.

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Demographic Dividend Knowledge Sharing Symposium For the East and Southern Africa Region summary

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The East and Southern Africa Regional Demographic Dividend Knowledge Sharing Symposium between in Nairobi, Kenya from 24 to 26 August 2015 was convened to provide a knowledge sharing platform to enable sharing of DD study results, experiences, and approaches for galvanizing policy and programme actions for harnessing the DD in the region and enhance synergies for its realization. This is a summary report.

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Malawi: Placing Community Engagement at the Centre of Service Delivery

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Given that most HIV infections are sexually transmitted—or are associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding—and the presence of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) further increases the risk of HIV transmission, linking SRH and HIV services in Malawi simply makes sense.

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The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes

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This report is the outcome of The Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Evaluation Expert Meeting that in October 2014 brought together partners, practitioners, researchers and advocates from around the world to discuss the state of the art of monitoring and evaluation for CSE programmes. It summarizes the content of the presentations, which offer examples of prominent approaches to measure the gender and human rights elements of CSE throughout the stages of programme design and implementation.

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