Invitation To An Experts’ Workshop: Progress Review Of The Population Policy

INVITATION TO AN EXPERTS’ WORKSHOP: PROGRESS REVIEW OF THE POPULATION POLICY

Progress with the implementation of the White Paper on Population Policy for South Africa (1998) (the Population Policy) is reviewed every five years, and reported to Cabinet. For the current round of evaluation (due in 2019), four thematic papers were prepared by the National Population Unit, in consultation with experts in different fields. The themes of the papers correspond with the four Population Policy priorities of the current term of government, which were approved by Cabinet in 2015.

They are:
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights;
• Gender equity, equality and the empowerment of women;
• The dynamics of a changing population age structure;
• Migration and urbanisation.

You and/or (a) representative(s) of your department / organisation are kindly invited to participate in an experts’ workshop, at which the papers will be presented for discussion critique and inputs, where after they will be finalised, synthesised and prepared for presentation to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Population Policy in 2018.

The experts’ workshop will take place on 18 -20 October 2017, in Forum 150, Ground Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.

The invitation and agenda of the workshop.

The four thematic papers will be distributed by email together to all the registered participants upon receiving confirmation. The workshop with Government officials and expects in different field of population will be discussing the four paper and your presence and participation will be highly appreciated.

Please confirm your (or your representatives’) participation by email to Ms Venessa Noah ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 16 October 2017.

Should you require parking, please indicate so toMs Venessa Noah. The papers will be emailed to participants upon receipt of registration.

Should you have any enquiries, or require more information on the workshop, please contact Mr Jabulani Msomi (Tel 012 312 7247; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

WORLD POPULATION DAY, PORT ELIZABETH ON 22 JULY 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT

WORLD POPULATION DAY, PORT ELIZABETH ON 22 JULY 2016

World Population Day is a United Nations event, and is commemorated annually on 11 July, the day on which the world’s population reached 5 billion in 1987. This year the theme from the United Nations Population Fund- (UNFPA) is “Investing in teenage girls.” Annually, the National Population Unit (Department of Social Development) collaborates with UNFPA to hold an event at which the theme of the day is discussed and promoted, within the framework of the Population Policy and the strategy of the unit. The National Population Unit (NPU) developed a strategy on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR). Subsequently extensive collaboration ensued with the Departments of Health, Basic Education and Women, Children and People with Disabilities, National Youth Development Agency and the NGO sector, to collaborate in promoting ASRHR.

This year’s World Population Day event builds on last year’s focus as an integral part of the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights promotion campaign. Research shows that the world is experiencing both the largest numbers of young people as well as largest numbers of older persons. There has been little progress in preventing adolescent pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths, STIs and HIV with significant gaps in availability, quality and access to comprehensive sexuality education and services for young people. Youth unemployment still remains a major challenge in South Africa.

The event will be held at, Port Elizabeth on 22 July 2016. The event will provide an opportunity to communicate and advocate on investing in teenage girls by promoting healthy habits and ensuring education and employment opportunities as well as access to sexual and reproductive health services.

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini will grace the occasion as well as the Country Representative of UNFPA who will give a message of support. National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will make a detailed presentation on investing in young people. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community- Based Organisations, Faith-Based Organisations and young people from various municipalities around the Eastern Cape will participate at the event. Their participation will further strengthen government and young people’s collaboration if investment in young people’s well-being is to be achieved.

For further information, contact Ms Pheya Mabote at:

Telephone Number: 012 312 7261

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Factsheet on: Investing in Teenage Girls

 

 

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THE NATIONAL ADOLESCENT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (ASRH&R) FRAMEWORK STRATEGY

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.

 

The Powerpoint Presentation

The Strategy Document

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STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2014 REPORT

STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2014 REPORT

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) prepares a global report on the State of the World’s Population annually to sensitise policy makers, planners, community leaders and the population at large on priority issues affecting the structure and dynamics of the global population. To achieve this objective, UNFPA collaborates with different member States of the United Nations to organise a simultaneous launch of the report in different countries. It is in this context that this year’s report will be launched globally on 14 November 2014.

This year’s theme is “The power of 1.8 billion: adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future.” Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today and because they are shapers and leaders of our global future. Yet in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent attention.

The report will be launched at Saint Georges Hotel and Convention Centre, Tshwane on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. The launch will give the youth an opportunity to engage with the Minister on issues affecting them, especially.

The Minister of Social Development Hon. Bathabile Dlamini will deliver a key-note address, engage with young people on various matters affecting them such as education, unemployment, sexual and reproductive health and launch State of World Population 2014 report. The UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Esther Muiawill deliver a message of support. The President of the Union of African Population Studies (UAPS) Dr. Jean-Franḉois Kobiane, will announce the UAPS conference that will be held in South Africa in 2015. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will make a presentation on investing in youth as they are the global future.

For further information, please contact

Ms Pheya Mabote at 012-312 7261 or

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Population Association of Southern Africa (PASA)

PASA

The Population Association of Southern Africa (PASA) hosts annual population conferences. The PASA Conference is a general scientific conference aimed at advancing population scholarship in the region through sharing of population related research and programs, interaction of scholars and practitioners, as well as exposure to new methods and issues in demography.

Demographers, population scholars, academics, students and practitioners globally, and particularly in the sub- region are invited to submit abstracts. The conference is organized around Regular Sessions and Poster presentations covering the population sub-themes listed below. However, contributions covering the broader field of Population, Health and Development are also encouraged.

The conference is organised around the following sub themes but are not restricted to these:

• Population Data and Methods

• Population Policy and Programmes

• Age Structural Transitions

• Population and Gender

• Population, Education and Development

• Population, Development and Environment

• Regional Migration, African Diaspora Remittance Flows and Urbanization

• Population Ageing and Intergenerational Relationships

• Population and Poverty

• Sustainable Livelihoods

• Families and Households

• Children and Youth

• People Living with Disability

• Fertility and Nuptiality

• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

• Health, Morbidity and Mortality

• HIV Interventions: Clinical and Social

12th Population Association of Southern Africa Conference

Statistics South Africa, ISIbalo House
12-14 July 2017

Pre-Conference Training Workshop: 10-11 July 2017

Important Dates

Abstract submission 31 March 2017
Author notification 5 May 2017
Final Full Paper submission 9 June 2017
Conference registration opens 10 June 2017

Abstract Submission
For abstract submissions : https://goo.gl/forms/ZkvuOJrY6ebViIRh2
For any additional information regarding the conference, please contact:
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For more information regarding PASA please visits: www.populationassociationsa.co.za

CONTRIBUTIONS

Abstracts are being accepted for the following types of sessions:
1. Oral sessions- Authors are requested to submit papers to the most appropriate sub-theme of their topic.
2. Poster sessions- Authors are requested to submit papers to the most appropriate sub-theme of their topic. Papers that don’t get accepted for the oral session may be considered for the poster sessions.
3. Young Statisticians Oral Session (Students only)-there will be awards for this session which will be announced at the conference gala dinner.
4. Young Statisticians Poster Session (Students only)-there will be awards for these sessions which will be announced at the conference gala dinner.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted for either a poster or oral presentation will be expected to submit full papers prior to the conference. The full papers will be circulated to the discussants and chairs of the respective sessions.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

PASA will be publishing the Conference Proceedings of the 2017 Population Conference in a special issue of the Southern African Journal of Demography. Only authors who have abstracts accepted for either oral or poster presentations and have also submitted full papers by the deadline will be considered for publication.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Authors need to complete an online abstract submission form which can be accessed by following this link : https://goo.gl/forms/ZkvuOJrY6ebViIRh2 Authors are also expected to send an abstract of no more than 350 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Abstract file names should consist of the surname of the first author and the title of paper.

The abstract should consist of the following sections:

1. Title of the paper and contributor’s name (Surname and Initials of each author) and contact details.
2. Background: Indicating the reason(s) for your investigation, objectives and hypotheses.
3. Methods: Indicating the methods used (including for example sample size etc.)
4. Results: The essential results observed in summary form including sufficient quantitative data and statistical tests.
5. Conclusion(s) and policy implications: Conclusions should be supported by the findings within your results

PASA 2017 MEMBERSHIP FEES

The 2017 membership form can be accessed and completed through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/z9DpFqTJWXpSk21y1 A proof of payment needs to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Type Membership Fee
Ordinary Membership R500.00
Student Membership R350.00

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES

Early registration: Before 30 June 2017
Ordinary PASA members R1700
Non PASA members R1900
Student members R500

Late registration: After 30 June 2017
Ordinary PASA members R1800
Non PASA members R2000
Student members R600

BANKING DETAILS

Bank First National Bank
Account Holder PASA
Account Number 62461094949
Branch Code 250655 (Mafikeng)

Conference reference: Surname Initial Conf.

Membership Reference: Surname Initial Membership

For more information about for the conference please contact:

Jabulani Msomi
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STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2013 REPORT

ANNOUNCEMENT

STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2013 REPORT

30 October 2013 Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) prepares a global report on the State of the World’s Population annually to sensitise policy makers, planners, community leaders and the population at large on priority issues affecting the structure and dynamics of the global population. To achieve this objective, UNFPA collaborates with different member States of the United Nations to organise a simultaneous launch of the report in different countries. It is in this context that this year’s report will be launched globally on 30 October 2013. In South Africa, the launch will take place at Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

This year’s theme is “Facing the challenges of Adolescent Pregnancy.” There are over 5 million girls in South Africa between the ages of 14 and 24. They are the future of this country and with the right skills and opportunities, they can invest in themselves and later in life their families and communities.

Millions of adolescent girls face extreme discrimination and exclusion that prevent them from claiming their rights and living out their true potential. They are taken out of school early, vulnerable to sexual violence and coercion, and subjected to harmful practices. They often are married as children, and face pregnancy and childbearing before they are physically, emotionally and socially mature enough to be mothers. The consequences of teenage pregnancy reverberate throughout the girl’s life and carry over to her children and generations that follow.

The report calls for a greater emphasis on building girls’ capacity and freedom to make decisions about their own lives from reproductive health to careers and family opportunities. This new approach targets the circumstances, conditions, norms, values and structural forces that perpetuate adolescent pregnancies and isolate and marginalize pregnant girls.

The Department of Social Development would like to call on all stakeholders involved to take measures that enable adolescent girls to make responsible life choices and to provide the necessary support for them in cases when their rights are threatened. The key is more collaboration with adolescents themselves.

The Minister of Social Development will deliver a key-note address. Other key speakers are the UNFPA Officer-in-Charge, Ms Navchaa Suren, and invited youth to talk about their experiences.

Young people, various government departments, civil society and the media will be invited to participate in the launch.

Please contact Pheya Mabote email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 0123127261