Workshop on the "50 questions on the Demographic Dividend in Africa"
Yaoundé, Cameroon, 31 March 2017
Organized by the IUSSP Network on Strengthening Demographic Training in Francophone Africa (FraNet)
The Network's Steering Committee :
• Chair: Parfait Eloundou Enyegue (Cornell University)
• Members: Gervais Beninguisse (Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques), Philippe Bocquier (Université Catholique de Louvain), Valérie Delaunay (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), Jean François Kobiané (Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo), Richard Marcoux (Université de Laval).
This workshop on the “50 Questions on the Demographic Dividend in Africa” communication document was held on 31 March 2017 in Yaoundé, Cameroon at the headquarters of Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW), a local branch of the International Planned Parenthood Federation). This workshop is part of the activities of the IUSSP Network for the Strengthening of Demographic Training in Francophone Africa (FraNet) and was organized in collaboration with the Cellule d'Appui à la Recherche et à l'Enseignement des Institutions Francophones d'Afrique (CARE-IFA) and the Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD) and with financial support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The workshop was facilitated by professors Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue and Gervais Béninguissé. Participants in the workshop were some 15 journalists from the Health and Development Network (JNMAP/REJOSADE), a partner of choice for this activity given its interest in health and development issues in general and reproductive health in particular.
Professors Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue and Gervais Béninguissé facilitated the meeting.
This one-day workshop consisted in working to simplify and adapt a communication document entitled "50 Questions on the Demographic Dividend" so as to facilitate its understanding by a wider audience. This workshop follows a series of training workshops to analyze the demographic dividend in Africa with a focus on education (Ouagadougou November 2013; Yaoundé, March-April 2014) and economic growth (Ouagadougou, September 2014, Yaoundé; January 2015; Johannesburg, November and December 2015).
The main goal of the workshop was to take advantage of the journalists’ expertise by asking them to provide critical feedback on the “50 questions” document on both the content and the form and illustrations. At the same time, this exercise helped deepen the journalists’ understanding of the concept of demographic dividend, which in turn will help them disseminate this information to the public.
Funding: The IUSSP Network for Strengthening the Demographic Training in Francophone Africa is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Journalists and researchers.