Network on Strengthening Demographic Training in Francophone Africa (FraNet)


Steering Committee:


Parfait M. Eloundou Enyegue (Cornell University)



Gervais Beninguisse (Institut de formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD))

Philippe Bocquier (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Valérie Delaunay (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD))

Jean François Kobiane (Université de Ouagadougou)

Richard Marcoux (Université de Laval)


IUSSP Secretariat 

Paul Monet (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP))



Demographic Dividend Calculator


Published (and available for download in PDF):


  • 50 questions sur le dividende démographique
  • Le dividende démographique relatif à l’éducation



Download 2014 Survey Report



Programme of Activities:


National Forum on Population and the Demographic Dividend in Cameroon and Africa: State of knowledge and roadmap

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2-5 April 2018 


FraNet at the International Population Conference

Cape Town, South Africa, 29 October-3 November 2017

Side meeting on Analysing the Demographic Dividend

Cape Town, South Africa, 29 October 2017

Workshop on the "50 questions on the Demographic Dividend in Africa"

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 31 March 2017


Workshop to communicate the results of the Network’s research on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 9-13 January 2017

Workshop to finalize books on the dividend related to education and the economy

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 25-27 July 2016

Workshop on Communicating on the Demographic Dividend for Policy Makers and Journalists

Mbalmayo, Cameroon, 24 March 2016

Side Meetings on the Demographic Dividend: Education, Economic rowth and Health at the 7th African Population Conference

Pretoria, South Africa, 29 November and 5 December 2015


Training Workshop on Demographic Analysis for Decision-making. Trends and inequalities in Mortality and Fertility in Francophone Africa: UNFPA/IUSSP Online Tools for Demographic Estimation
Dakar, Sénégal, 2-6 novembre 2015

Training Workshop on the Demographic dividend and African Emergence – Education, Economic Growth, and Health 

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 12-21 January 2015

Training Workshop on Demographic Analysis for Decision-making. Trends and inequalities in Mortality and Fertility in Francophone Africa: UNFPA/IUSSP Online Tools for Demographic Estimation. 

Dakar, Senegal, 1-6 December 2014

Mini-training workshop on the Demographic Dividend
Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2 December 2014

Training Workshop on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,  15-24 September 2014


International Conference and Symposium on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 30 March-5 April 2014


Training workshop on the spatial representation of census data using "Quantum GIS (QGIS)"

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 23-29 March 2014


Training Workshop on the Demographic Dividend in Africa

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,  25-30 November 2013


Training workshop on the spatial representation of census data using "Quantum GIS (QGIS)"

Dakar, Senegal, 17-21 June 2013


CARE Ifa meeting

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 24 October 2012


Training workshop on  Decomposition Methods (2) 

Yaoundé, Cameroon,  20-25 August 2012


Training workshop on Longitudinal Analysis

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 18-23 June 2012

Training workshop on Presenting Demographic Research Findings

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 3-4 December 2011

Training workshop on Decomposition Methods (1), Multilevel Analysis and GIS, 
Marrakech, Morocco, 19-25 September 2011


Training workshop on "Writing and Policy Communication".
Yaounde, 10-15 January 2011


Training workshop on "Advanced Statistical Methods (2)". 
Yaoundé, 25 - 30 October 2010


Training Workshop on "Advanced Statistical Methods" (1).
IFORD, Yaoundé, 16-20 August 2010


Terms of reference


There is a pressing need for training to improve population research and policy dialogue in sub-Saharan Africa. This need arises for several reasons. First many countries in the region are in early stages of a demographic transition that are expected to shape their prospects for socioeconomic developments. Second, some are witnessing demographic pressures in the form of urban congestion, food riots, crowded educational and health systems, or graduate unemployment. Third, they are striving to reach “Millenium” development goals, most of which ---notably in mortality, schooling, or poverty reduction—have strong demographic underpinnings.

The general objective of this network is to improve population research and policy communication in the sub-region. This will be carried out through a focused set of activities. After an inventory of relevant needs, opportunities, and advances for the francophone African region, the panel will:


1. Develop a communication strategy that will include a newsletter and webpage on the IUSSP website where the networks activities, findings and other relevant information can be communicated to students, population scholars and policy makers working in the region.


2. Conduct training activities to address the training needs identified in the inventory. These will include (a) a production of on-line training materials by experts in the relevant area, (b) the organization of short courses/workshops to be held at one of the participating institutions, (c) support to faculty teaching methods course, with the goal of enhancing their syllabi, (d) individual follow-up (after the short courses) of individual research projects, and finally (e) policy communication opportunities with the region’s policy makers and mass media. In conducting these various activities, the panel plans to leverage the expertise of leading researchers and policy-makers in the population field.