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Demographic Dividend & Family Planning

Four years ago, during the launch of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), 193 of 196 member States of the United Nations adopted the universal access goal, which will be the main catalyzer to “ending global poverty, building a life of dignity for all and leaving no one behind.” Utilizing countries’ demographic dynamics and Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) in policy development and resource allocation will be critical elements to achieve these SDG goals and will catalyze their progress to realize their demographic dividend.

Universal and right-based access to sexual and reproductive health and family planning is an essential element for women empowerment and a cornerstone to creating an environment to reap the demographic dividend. Equitable and effective family planning, SRHR and women-centered policies, programs and services have been proven to be at the center of sustainable socio-economic development and their effects multiply from the individual, household, community, country, and global levels.

Universal access to family planning is critical to fertility management, social and human capital development, and present opportunities for reaping various demographic dividends, eradicate poverty, and achieve people’ wellbeing.

Integrated Programming

Demographic Dividend Community at ICFP 2022

The Subcommittee will organize a one-day DD Pre-conference with possible site visits and/or side events to be scheduled on other dates during ICFP 2022.

Additionally, the Subcommittee identifies existing gaps in important and emerging DD interventions and ensures that they are highlighted during the throughout the conference, in collaboration with the Scientific Subcommittee.

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Key Dates

ICFP’s Not Without FP Forum

2-3 February 2021

A Q&A with Abebe Selassie, Director of the African Department, IMF

Realizing the Demographic Dividend in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has the youngest population in the world, with a growing number of young people entering working age. As more people are working an generating income, this presents a ripe opportunity to harness the Demographic Dividend.

In an interview with the Gates Institute, Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie, the head of the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), discussed the prospects of realizing the Demographic Dividend in Sub-Saharan Africa.


ICFP Demographic Dividend Subcommittee

The Demographic Dividend (DD) Subcommittee equips ICFP attendees with the information and skills to effectively move policy and advocacy efforts around the DD agenda forward. The Subcommittee’s efforts highlight the imperative role of investments in and commitments to family planning to promote demographic transition and, ultimately, the potential economic benefits of a DD.
The Subcommittee’s mission is to guide policymakers across multiple sectors as they develop strategies to achieve the DD and increase local commitment to harnessing the DD through support to advocates, programmers, and researchers. Our vision is that investments that empower women and couples to have the number of children they desire through voluntary family planning are universally viewed as foundational to social and economic development.
Our partners include the Gates Institute, Population Reference Bureau, & Makerere University. 
If you are interested in knowing more about the Demographic Dividend Subcommittee, please get in touch. 
Jean Christophe Rusatira at jrusati1@jhu.edu
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