Lyn @ “Prospects for The Demographic Dividend in South Africa”. 11-12 July 2011
Lyn was invited to attend the national World Population Day commemoration hosted by by the Department of Social Development and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on 11 – 12 July 2011.
World Population Day (WPD) is an annual event, commemorated on 11 July. The aim is to raise awareness on the importance of population and socio-economic development. WPD was first highlighted when the world reached five billion in 1987 and in 1999 the world passed the six billion mark. This year, the world population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October. Current world population projections point to the importance of creating opportunities for young people, who constitute the majority in many African countries, including South Africa.
The focus of this year’s event was on young people, because when young people can exercise their right to health and education, and have access to descent work, they can contribute significantly to improve the capacities of their countries to escape poverty.
During the seminar, government leaders, researchers and senior officials presented papers that reflect on different aspects of the state of our country’s youth, and prospects for their development.
On the second day of the seminar, participants engaged in group discussions on how to collaborate in a “youth population strategy”, which will support the government’s objectives on the sexual & reproductive health & rights and health of young people, their employment and education & training.
Key points from the presentations
Youth is now the largest part of the SA population This provides economic & other growth opportunity if key conditions are in place.
Deputy Minister of Social Development Ntuli:
Min Soc Dev Bathabile Dlamini: The Minister’s speech is available on the DSD website
Dr Zacarius, UN:
Dr Altman, National Planning Commission: Achieving a demographic dividend?
Dr Makiwane HSRC - Demographics of Youth.
National Youth Development Agency on Youth, jobs & skills.
Ms Dululu Hlatshaneni - Pregnancy in schools. Response of department of basic education
Makiwane: Is health of youth improving?
Dr Charles Sheppard: Trends in Educational Attainment.
Potgieter-Gqubule: Social and labour market exclusion and inclusion:
Oliver Zambuko: Reporting on large study by Dept Population & Development on Factors associated with teenage pregnancy in SA.
A selection of the papers presented are available here