Malawi holds First Population Conference
Malawi conducted its first Conference on Population and Development, whose theme was Empowering, Educating and Employing Youth to Harness the Demographic Dividend and Achieve Sustainable Development in Malawi. It provided a platform to review the progress Malawi has made in addressing its population and development challenges and share related experiences and innovations.
The Conference provided a unique opportunity for stakeholders in government, academia, the media and civil society to discuss the importance of population issues for the country’s development. A critical question the participants strived to answer was how the country could achieve the development goals outlined in its long-term development blueprint, Vision 2020 and the population and development targets outlined in the global sustainable development goals (SDGs).
A key highlight of the Conference is the launch of a study report on the demographic dividend titled: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend to Accelerate Socio-economic Transformation and Economic Development in Malawi was undertaken by the Government in partnership with UNFPA Malawi and African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP).