Capacity development is the third functional pillar of DESA’s overall mandate, alongside its normative and analytical work. The Population Division’s capacity development activities build upon the Division’s role as the organizational unit of the Secretariat with analytical and normative mandates in the field of population.
The Capacity Development programme aims to build and strengthen the capacity of countries to evaluate and analyse demographic information for the formulation and implementation of strategies and policies related to population and development.
Capacity Development in National Transfer AccountsDESA-Population Division implemented, in partnership with the regional commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Western Asia (ESCWA) a project entitled "Strengthening capacity of national policy analysts in the social and economic sectors of developing countries in the production and use of National Transfer Accounts". The project aims to improve the capacity of government officials and country analysts to use national data to produce statistical estimates based on the National Transfer Accounts framework, which will facilitate improved policy dialogue and analysis regarding the economic and social consequences of changing population age structures. The project resulted in the publication of the NTA manual in 2013. This project was funded by the Development Account.
Capacity Development in Population Estimates and Projections in Sub-Saharan AfricaThe Population Division, in partnership with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), is implementing a project entitled: "Strengthening capacities of developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa to effectively produce and use population estimates and projections in policy-making for sustainable development”. The project aims to building greater capacity in 17 African countries to produce, analyse and utilise population estimates and projections using state-of-the-art methods and tools in formal demography. It will also address analysis and dissemination of data through training and use of new information technology tools and platforms. Countries will participate in training activities based on their demand and their capacity to produce the necessary data for population estimates and projections. This project is funded by the Development Account.
Regional Workshop on the Production and Use of Migration dataThe Population Division, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Statistics Division of DESA and interested partners of the Global Migration Group, organized a regional workshop on the collection and use of migration data. The workshop was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18 to 21 November 2014. The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen the technical capacity of government officials involved in (i) producing and analysing migration data from all relevant sources and (ii) using data on migration and its impact to inform national migration policies and development planning. The workshop aimed to increase the capacity of participating countries to produce national migration data that meets international standards, and to enhance understanding of the uses and limitations of migration data for policy purposes, including in the context of the follow-up and implementation of the 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and in the post-2015 development agenda. This project was funded by the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation (RPTC).
Demographic manualsTwenty-three manuals and guides of demographic methods and techniques have been issued by the Population Division since 1952. The manuals are concerned with formal descriptive, analytical and projection methods with an emphasis on techniques adapted to or specially designed for countries with insufficient data.
DemopaediaThe Population Division has supported the development of an innovative online Wiki-based multilingual encyclopedic demographic dictionary, Demopaedia, which promotes knowledge transfer as well as international cooperation by providing a common conceptual reference framework in many different languages. Demopaedia is built around the harmonisation of technical demographic terminology in fourteen different languages including those in the six official UN languages.
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