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The Year Ahead in Political Demography

2011 and the first half of 2012 have been a remarkable period for political demography, with theories about the relationships between age structure and governance validated in real time by the events of the Arab Spring. Although such game-changers are rarely predictable, the year ahead promises to be eventful as well, with new demographic research and major policy initiatives on the horizon. Below are brief assessments of some of the top issues to watch between now and next summer. 1. The Evolving Story of the Arab Spring

Africa on the Move!: The Role of Political Will and Community in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa. The research will draw from three case studies that have registered remarkable increases in contraceptive use over the last decade or so – Ethiopa, Malawi, and Rwanda. It will also assess how such political will has manifested in different contexts, and explore how political will affects the policy and program environment.

Family Planning and Results-Based Financing Initiatives: Opportunities and Challenges

“Family planning means healthier moms and kids – and it's good for development too,” said Lindsay Morgan, a senior health analyst at Broad Branch Associates, a healthcare advocacy group. But any number of hurdles can keep women from accessing family planning services.

Afghanistan, Against the Odds: A Demographic Surprise

Afghanistan’s first-ever nationally representative survey of demographic and health issues finds that Afghan women have an average of five children each, lower than most experts had anticipated. Their rate of modern contraceptive use is just slightly below that of women in neighboring Pakistan, where the fertility rate is 4.1 children per woman.

The 3rd Conference: Africa: 54 Countries, One Union


Organized by:

Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center;  School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University;  Foundation for World Wide Cooperation

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Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival

“The gains we have made [in reducing maternal mortality rates] are remarkable; however, gains are fragile and donor resources are declining. Substantial investments must be maintained to safeguard these hard-wins,” said Afghanistan Minister of Health Suraya Dail on April 23.

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