The Sixth African Population Conference took place from 5th to 9th December, 2011, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The conference was jointly organized by the Union for African Population Studies and the Government of Burkina Faso. Every four years, UAPS organizes a general conference on the state of African population. The aim of these conferences is to share and disseminate research evidence on population and development issues and to explore ways for applying the research evidence to improve policies and programs aimed at uplifting the well-being of the African people.
The conference provided an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing between researchers, policy makers, program managers, international development partners, policy makers, parliamentarians, representatives of national and international NGOs, and other key stakeholders and end-users of population research evidence.
Conference Objectives and Themes
The objectives of the conference were:
1. To facilitate dissemination and critical evaluation of new research findings on emerging issues on population and their implications for the socioeconomic development of Africa;
2. To facilitate creation and strengthening of individual and institutional networking between researchers, service providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the field of population, health, and development in Africa;
3. To promote an integrated approach to the study and application of knowledge on population dynamics in development planning by bringing together a multidisciplinary audience of scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders;
4. To enhance the visibility of African population issues on the global scientific and development discourses through the intense publicity of the conference at local, national, regional and international levels;
5. To identify key knowledge and methodological gaps to improve quality of science and application of research evidence in formulating effective policies and programmes in Africa;
6. To facilitate capacity building and development of analytical and communication skills of the next generation of experts in population and development through various technical training workshops and side meetings attached to the conference.
The central theme of the conference was “African Population: Past, Present and Future”. There were 94 regular sessions with 300 oral presentations; 12 invited sessions including a session devoted to the host Country “Burkina Day”, and 120 accepted posters for presentation. The “Burkina Day” was an opportunity for the host country to promote national scientific expertise and international visibility. About 20 national and international exhibitors were present at the conference.
The conference was organized along the following thematic areas:
- Fertility Transitions
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Family planning
- Adult health, mortality, and aging
- Maternal, newborn, and child health
- Children, youth, and transition to adulthood
- Migration patterns, trends, and consequences
- Determinants and consequences of urbanization
- Marriage and family
- Population and development
- Population, environment, and climate change
- Population and gender
- HIV/AIDS, STIs, and sexual behavior
- Programs and policies
- Methodological issues
- Special sessions and panel discussions
- Poster session
The conference was attended by 650 participants from all over the world and this year’s conference set the stage for further collaboration between regional population associations. As a result, special sessions were organized by regional population associations such as the Population Association of America (PAA) and the Population Association of Latin America (ALAP). The President’s of these associations and selected members, chaired sessions and participated fully in the five day conference.
A total of 55 countries were represented at the conference and they were as follows:
Burkina Faso (164)
Cape Verde (4)
Congo Brazzaville (6)
Congo DRC (3)
Ivory Coast (14)
New Caledonia (1)
Sierra Leone (2)
South Africa (9)
United Kingdom (14)
The institutions that held side meetings included: AFIDEP, CEPED, Health Policy Project, DHS-MEASURE, INED, IUSSP, ISSP, Population Action International, Partners in Population and Development, Population Reference Bureau, UNFPA, UNICEF.
At the end of the five day meeting a conference declaration called the “The Ouagadougou Declaration” was presented at the closing ceremony. The Declaration mainly appeals to African Governments and the Private Sector to recognize the critical importance of population for the economic future of the continent.
The conference also served as an opportunity for UAPS Members to hold a General Assembly to discuss issues pertaining to the Union, as well as elect new Council Members.
Conference Partners and Sponsors
The Sixth African Population Conference was made possible, thanks to the determination of the Government of Burkina Faso and the Institut Superieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) of Ouagadougou to host the conference, the commitment and dedication of the UAPS Council, and the steadfastness of UAPS’ donors and partners to support UAPS to share research evidence with the scientific community worldwide.
The major partners and sponsors of the conference were, The New Venture Fund, UNFPA, Health Policy Project, Measure DHS, UNICEF, Princeton University, Population Association of America, The David & Lucille Packard Foundation, INED, Venture Strategies for Health and Development, AFD, AFIDEP, APHRC, The World Bank, IUSSP, ONEA, FONER, ECOBANK and Allianz.
New Council (2012-2015)
Jean-François KOBIANE – President
Samuel Nii Ardey CODJOE – Vice-President
Henry Victor DOCTOR – Secretary General
Tolulope Monisola OLA – Treasurer
Clifford ODIMEGWU – Editor-in-Chief
Thandie HLABANA – Southern Africa Representative
Esther W. DUNGUMARO – Eastern Africa Representative
Bedrouni MOHAMMED – Northern Africa Representative
Gervais BENINGUISSE – Central Africa Representative
Yvonne BOSSO – Western Africa Representative