Demography

President Joyce Banda Talks About Her Time in Office & Sensitizing African Leaders to Maternal Health Challenges

Joyce Banda, Malawi’s first female vice president, became Malawi’s first female president in 2012 after the sudden death of Bungu wa Mutharika in office. From day one, maternal health and girls’ education were a priority in her administration, she tells the Maternal Health Initiative’s Roger-Mark De Souza in an interview at the Wilson Center.

Harnessing the Power of Grey: Aging Societies and Revitalizing Regional Urban Centers in Japan and the United States

Nearly 40 percent of Japan’s population is expected to be over 65 years old by 2060, addressing the needs of a greying society could well be Japan’s single biggest challenge. In the United States, a steady flow of immigration has kept the demographic spread more balanced, but some cities are facing more obstacles than others to address the concerns of an aging population. Yet meeting the needs of an increasingly aging population could actually lead to greater innovation and efficiencies in urban areas.

Is Europe Post-Secular? Religion and Politics in the European Union

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have put religion back on the European agenda. François Foret will discuss his book, Religion and Politics in the European Union: The Secular Canopy, which analyzes the place and influence of religion in European politics. He presents the first ever data collected on the religious beliefs of European decision makers and how they act on these beliefs.

Path to Prosperity: Empower, Educate, and Employ Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

In the course of development, most countries undergo a demographic transition. Health conditions improve and mortality rates decline, causing rapid population growth and a relatively high proportion of young people. Over time, if fertility declines, as it has in most places, growth slows and there is a period when the proportion of very young “dependents” shrinks in comparison to the working age population.

State of World Population 2015 - 'Shelter From the Storm: A Transformative Agenda for Women and Girls in a Crisis-Prone World' (Report Launch)

The sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls must be protected, even – especially – during “the toughest of times, in the hardest of places,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at the Wilson Center on December 3.

Health in the City: New Strategies to Meet the Needs of Urban Africa

More than half the world’s population is now urban, and more than a quarter of the 100 fastest-growing cities are in Africa. Though urbanization is often associated with improved health, African cities are struggling to cope with the demands of growing populations. Poor women and children in African cities are the least likely socioeconomic groups to have access to preventive health services.

Keep the Golden Years Shining: The Challenges of Long-Term Elderly Care in Japan and Beyond

Japan has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world, coupled with a falling birth rate. The fiscal, political, and social challenges facing public agencies, communities, and families to take care of elderly people are becoming ever more urgent. But the hurdles facing Japan are hardly unique. Other industrialized nations in Asia and beyond are facing similar challenges. Join us for a discussion on the dilemma of balancing formal and informal care amid changing demographic realities.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Dynamics, Climate Change & Resilience

Understanding population dynamics and climate change is essential to building resilience across the world's most vulnerable regions, said Roger-Mark De Souza in a recent interview with ClimateWire. Changes in climate are likely to hit hardest in regions with fast growing populations, but their connection goes even deeper.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Upholding Housing Discrimination Law

History and Context

The Fair Housing Act, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability in the sale, rental and financing of housing-related transactions. Intentional discrimination resulting in disparate treatment is forbidden.

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