International Union for the Scientific Study of Population convenes experts on issues of scientific and policy relevance and informs policymakers of the implications of population dynamics for human welfare. This grant will support the union to foster methodological advances to measure population in a more disaggregated, geographically precise way. It will ensure the involvement of top demographers at international forums related to the data revolution and create collaborations among demographers, data scientists, government officials, and others. The ultimate aim is to enable decision makers, researchers, and civil society to make better use of population data in informing development priorities and interventions.
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for support of a network to strengthen population sciences training programs in Francophone Africa
With Hewlett Foundation support, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population has completed two years of an initiative to train local scientists to analyze and evaluate development issues with cutting-edge demographic tools. The project has already trained sixty scientists from seventeen African countries, and seeks to broaden the impact of this work to a wider range of skills at still more Francophone institutions. The recommended renewal proposes a second phase in which the organization would continue its training work, but with an added focus on publishing policy-inspired research emphasizing the intersections between global development and population and the 2010 round of African censuses. The next phase also seeks to build capacity at Africa’s universities to manage modern data sets, which would give population scientists in the region the means to continue their research.