Population and Development Information & Knowledge Service of the National Population Unit
Government Outcome: An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service, and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship
DSD Outcome: Increased capacity to mainstream population issues into development plans and activities.
Population and Development Information & Knowledge Service of the National Population Unit supports the NPU in the following objectives:
- Increase capacity to integrate population factors into development plans and programmes
- Increase understanding of South Africa's population trends and dynamics, through research, monitoring and evaluation
- Increase awareness and understanding of Population Policy, and implications for policy-making and planning
- Promote dialogue, collaboration and cooperation on population and development integration
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MEDIA ADVISORY ON THE NATIONAL ADOLESCENT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (ASRH&R) FRAMEWORK STRATEGY
19 FEBRUARY 2015
The National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRH&R) Framework Strategy has been developed through consultation with stakeholders from government departments, civil society and development partners over a three year period. The foundation of the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRH&R) Framework Strategy is aligned to the South African Constitution and the Bill of Rights, therefore adopting a human rights approach.
It draws considerably on guiding principles and outcomes of various international treaties, guidelines, conventions and resolutions that place focus on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and national legislation, within the framework of the Population Policy. The Framework Strategy was informed by 23 reports and strategy documents produced by government departments, the HSRC and MRC, since 2005, that deal with matters related to ASRH&R.
The National ASRH&R Framework Strategy focuses on five key priority areas that are underpinned by a set of accompanying objectives that focus on increased coordination, collaboration, information and knowledge sharing for ASRH&R activities amongst stakeholders, developing innovative approaches to comprehensive SRHR information, education and counselling to adolescents, strengthening ASRH&R service delivery and support on various health concerns, creating effective community supportive networks for adolescents and formulating evidence based revisions of legislation, policies, strategies and guidelines on ASRH&R.
The Inter – Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Population Policy was tasked to oversee the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy. The IMC member departments, civil society organisations and development partners form a Technical Committee to support the IMC in this regard. The Technical Committee is chaired by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The National Population Unit (NPU) in the National Department of Social Development provides the secretariat for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy. The Technical Committee will convene twice per year and will report to Cabinet through the IMC on an annual basis regarding progress of the implementation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy.
On the 11 February 2015 the Inter – Ministerial Committee for Population Policy decided that to initiate (kick – start) the implementation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy through the following five initiatives:
- Formation of the Framework Strategy Technical Committee, which will coordinate, monitor and evaluate the Framework Strategy and report back to the IMC.
- Develop a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum and implementation framework for the country, including learning from international best practices.
- Analyse and quantify the coverage of existing programmes for identification of sexual and reproductive health service delivery gaps to adolescents.
- Convene public consultative meetings and a national conference on ASRH&R.
- Review of legislation, policies and strategies related to ASRH&R.
CALL FOR PAPERS
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH AFRICA,
NOV 30 – DEC 4, 2015
DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND IN AFRICA: PROSPECTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Hosted by the Government of South Africa and the Union for African Population Studies
Every four years, The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) organizes a general conference on the African population. The aim of this conference is to share and disseminate research evidence on population and development issues and explore ways for applying the research evidence to improve policies and programs aimed at uplifting the well being of people in Africa. The conferences include various capacity building activities targeted at young scholars. The conference provides an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing among researchers, policymakers, program managers, international development partners, and other key stakeholders in the population field.
The seventh African Population Conference will be jointly hosted by the Government of South Africa and UAPS between November 30 to 4 December 2015 on the theme“Demographic Dividend in Africa: Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges”. We invite submissions for research papers, assessments of best practices, proposals for workshops, posters and exhibitions under the sessions grouped across the 16 sub-themes and sessions listed below.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS
1. Submissions are made online at the7th African Population Conference Website, http://uaps2015.princeton.edu. All authors are asked to submit both:a) a short (150 word) abstract to be entered online; and b) either an extended (2-4 pages,including tables) abstract or a completed paper to be uploaded to the website following instructions available online. Authors may modify their submission online at any time until July 31,2011.
2. Extended abstracts must be sufficiently detailed to allow the session organizer assess the merits of the paper, including a description of the topic to be studied, the theoretical focus, the data and research methods, and the expected findings. Alternatively, authors can submit completed papers for the organizer to review. If your submission is accepted in a regular session you must up load the full paper by September 30, 2015.
3. The 7 APC program website will allow session organizers to view titles and authors of submitted papers as they are received online. The author making the submission must provide the full names, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of all coauthors of each submission.
4. If you wish to have your abstract or paper considered for two sessions, you must indicate the session numbers of your first and second choices on the Submission Form. No paper/abstract may be submitted to more than two sessions. Authors submitting a paper to regular sessions may also have their paper considered for a poster session; see below for details.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING POSTERS
1. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts/papers for consideration as posters. All of the above instructions for paper/abstract submissions also apply for poster submissions.
2. Authors submitting a paper to one or two regular sessions may also have their paper considered for a poster session if it is not accepted in a regular session. If you want your paper to be considered for a poster session please check “yes” in the appropriate area of the online submission form.
May 15, 2015: Online submission of papers or abstracts starts
July 31-30, 2015: Deadline for submitting papers or abstracts
August 15, 2015: Authors are notified of papers accepted to regular sessions by session organizers
August 31, 2015: Information to authors of posters and additional sessions,including member/partner initiated meetings to be incorporated in the main programme
September 30, 2015: Revision of final abstracts to be published in the Conference Programme
October 30, 2015: Submission of papers to conference website and to discussants and session chairs
November 30, 2015: Conference Begins
CONFERENCE SUB-THEMES AND SESSIONS
1. Fertility Transitions
1.1 Status, Patterns and Determinants of Fertility Transitions
1.2 Theories of Contemporary Fertility Transitions
1.3 Fertility Desires: Measurement, Determinants and Consequences
1.4 Case Studies of Exceptionally Low and High Fertility Rates
1.5 Case Studies of Stalled Fertility Transitions
1.6 Infertility and Secondary Sterility
2. Sexual and Reproductive Health
2.1 Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Rights
2.2 Trends, Determinants and Consequence of Induced Abortion
2.3 Gender, Reproductive Health and Development
2.4 Sex and Sexuality in Africa
2.5 Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health
3. Family Planning
3.1 Emerging Patterns and Determinants of Contraceptive Use
3.2 Social Benefits of Investments in Family Planning
3.3 Men’s Role in Family Planning/ Reproductive Health
3.4 Barriers to Contraceptive Use and Enhancing Commodity Security
3.5 Unmet Need for Family Planning- Measurement and Conceptual Issues
4. Adult Health, Mortality, and Ageing
4.1 Levels and Causes of Adult Mortality
4.2 Ageing and Adult Health: Trends and Socioeconomic Implications
4.3 Context and Consequences of Health Transitions in Africa
4.4 Natural Policies, Intergenerational Transfers and the Well-being of the Elderly
4.5 Trends, Patterns and Consequences of Non-communicable Diseases in Africa
4.6 Social Inequalities and Health Outcomes
5. Maternal, New born and Child Health
5.1 Maternal Mortality: Measurements, Trends and Consequences
5.2 Improving Neonatal and Infant Health
5.3 Health System and Maternal, New born and Child Health
6. Children, Youth, and Transition to Adulthood
6.1 Impacts on Child Nutrition and Health on Later Life Outcomes
6.2 Demographic Dividend and Youth Development
6.3 Child Labour and Vulnerability: Trends and Policies
6.4 Adolescent Pregnancy and Fertility
6.5 Adolescent Health: Determinants and Consequences
6.6 Marginalised and High Risk Youth
6.7 Demography of Human Capital Development in Africa
7. Migration Patterns, Trends and Consequences
7.1 Migration Flows: Inter-African, New Destinations and Return Migrations
7.2 Female Migration: Patterns, Adaptation and Lifestyle
7.3 International Migration and Human Capital
7.4 Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
7.5 Consequences of International Migration and Impact on Development
7.6 Migration, Remittances and Development in Origin countries
8. Determinants and Consequences of Urbanization
8.1 Patterns, Trends and Consequences of Urbanization
8.2 Urban Health: Pathologies, Crime and Violence
8.3 Migration and Urbanization
8.4 Urban Livelihoods: Urbanization and Well-being
8.5 Urban Planning and Policy
9. Marriage and Family
9.1 Social Change and Family Dynamics
9.2 Union Formation and Dissolution: Trends and Determinants
9.3 Gender, Work and Family
9.4 Child Fosterage and Adoption: Trends, Patterns and Determinants
10. Population and Development
10.1 Africa, the Millennium Development Goals and Beyond
10.2 Demographic Dividends and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
10.3 Population and Economic Outcomes at the Micro and Macro levels
10.4 Determinants of Labour Market Participation
10.5 Impacts of Health on Socioeconomic Development
10.6 The Youth Bulge: Context and Consequences
10.7 Demography of Ethnicity in Africa
10.8 Demography, Development and Democracy in Africa
11. Population, Environment and Climate Change
11.1 Climate Change and Food Security
11.2 Climate Change and Health Interlinkages
11.3 Population, Environment and Conflict
12. Population and Gender
12.1 Demographic Change and Implications for Gender Roles
12.2 Gender and Demographic Outcomes
12.3 Gender-based Violence: Context and Consequences
12.4 Masculinity, Population, Health and Development
13. HIV/AIDS, STI’s, and Sexual Behaviour
13.1 Epidemiology and Demography of HIV/AIDS
13.2 Socioeconomic Impact of HIV/AIDS
13.3 Behavioural Responses to HIV/AIDS and STIs: Access and Use of ARTs
13.4 Emerging Patterns of Sexual Networking in the Era of HIV/AIDS
13.5 Sexuality Education
14. Programs and Policies
14.1 Evaluation of Population Interventions
14.2 Evaluation of Population, Reproductive Health and HIV policies and programs
14.3 Lessons on Integrating Population, Reproductive Health and HIV Programs
15. Methodological Issues and Data Sources
15.1 Census and Civil Registration Systems
15.2 Demographic Surveillance Systems and Policy-making
15.3 Data Quality Issues in African Surveys and Censuses
15.4 New Methods of Data Collection: Opportunities and Challenges
15.5 Methodological Issues in Estimation of Mortality
15.6 Trends Analysis and Life Course Research in Population Studies
15.7 Big Data and Data Revolution
15.8 Ethical Issues in Research
15.9 Methodological issues in the Measurement of Poverty and Human Welfare
15.10 Innovative Applications of Qualitative methods in Population Research
15.11 Applications of Spatial Analysis in Demography
15.12 Small Area Estimation in Africa