Looking Back at the Sixth Annual PopPov Conference…
The Sixth Annual PopPov Conference on Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development was held in Accra, Ghana from January 18–21, 2012. Sponsors include the Hewlett Foundation and the Population Reference Bureau, and the University of Ghana hosted the meeting.
This year’s annual meeting brought together the world’s most prominent researchers on population, reproductive health, family planning, and economic development. Invitees included experts from around the world, focusing particularly on African economics researchers and those conducting research in African countries.
In continuing with past conferences held by this network, participants learned about ongoing and planned research on how population dynamics and reproductive health affect economic development, working together to identify gaps in evidence and methods that inhibit development of sound policies on population, family planning, and reproductive health. In addition to exploring various methodological issues and tools that are used in development research, participants also attended informative sessions on how to communicate research to decision makers for evidence-based policy.
In the YouTube video below, conference organizers discuss the importance of the PopPov Network and the research presented at the Annual Meeting, reflecting on how the PopPov Network aims to connect research findings to policy.
Parting Words: Dr. Ruth
As part of the conclusion to each
conference day, participants were treated to a commentary session in which
selected speakers would provide some final reflections, observations, and
parting thoughts on the day’s proceedings. On the final day of the conference,
Dr. Ruth Levine of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation gave an especially
informative and engaging presentation, expressing her parting thoughts in the
form of a tongue-in-cheek “observational study.”
to access Dr. Levine’s PowerPoint presentation.
Reflections on Decades of Working Toward Family Planning Access and Rights
An Interview With Dr. Fred Sai
The Sixth Annual PopPov Conference was fortunate to have Dr.
Fred Sai as the conference’s keynote speaker. As former Ghanaian Presidential
Advisor on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Dr. Sai worked tirelessly for
decades toward family planning and nutrition. He has held positions at FAO,
United Nations University, IPPE, and The World Bank. He chaired the Main
Committees at the International Conference on Population in Mexico in 1984 and
the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994.
In this interview following his keynote address, Dr. Sai shares his thoughts on
progress made toward family planning over his career, how he convinced
skeptical policymakers to support population issues, and how governments' views
of family planning have changed over time.
to view Dr. Sai’s
Blog Posts From the Conference:
Abstracts of Conference Papers:
Pre-Conference Communications Workshop:
led an all-day session on communicating research.
Pre-Conference Methods Workshop:
T. Paul Schultz
led a session on analysis for casual inference with cross-sectional data.
Population Reference Bureau
University of Ghana