by Kate Belohlav, research associate, International Programs
PRB is gearing up for engaging presentations and sub-zero weather at this year’s Seventh Annual Research Conference on population, reproductive health, and economic development, held Jan. 23 – 26, 2013, in Oslo, Norway. Bringing together academic researchers and funders from around the globe who are interested in how population dynamics impact economic outcomes is central to the work of the Population and Poverty (PopPov) Network, founded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The network is focused on how population policies can be used for poverty reduction at the household level and economic growth at the country and state levels.
We are honored to be co-sponsoring this year’s conference with Fafo, The Research Council of Norway, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This year’s PopPov Conference has a diverse agenda, including six paper sessions covering topics such as Impact of Policy Experiments on Maternal and Child Health: Evidence From Three Regions in Africa; a poster session; an invited presentation by Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation; a panel presentation addressing Does Better Demographic Data Improve Health and Reduce Inequitie; and many other fascinating speakers and events. The agenda at this year’s PopPov Conference will provide a rich forum for learning and engagement on links among population, reproductive health, and economic development, for the 125 researchers, policymakers, and decisionmakers in attendance. (Attendees represent institutions from 20 different countries, of which nine are from sub-Saharan Africa).
Throughout the week, the PRB team will be blogging and tweeting (#poppov) from Oslo, and interviewing researchers on various population and economic issues and their implications for public policy. Stay tuned for more posts from Oslo and videos highlighting PopPov research on the PRB and PopPov websites over the coming weeks.