Workshop on preparing for the challenges of population ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lilongwe, Malawi

Date: 
19 July 2016 to 21 July 2016

The Population Division, and the Division of Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare of the Republic of Malawi are organizing a regional workshop on the production and use of data on ageing to improve evidence-based policy and programme formulation. The workshop will bring together experts from governments and international organizations, researchers and academics, and civil organizations to review and evaluate the survey methodology and tools to assist national and regional policy makers to implement and monitor evidence based policies on ageing in the framework of the United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), the African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing (AUPFAA) as well as the 2030 Development Agenda. The workshop will be convened in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 19 to 21 July 2016.

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Organization of work

19 July 2016

Session 1: Welcoming and opening

  • Welcome remarks: Mary Shawa (Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare of the Republic of Malawi)

  • Opening statement: Dan Odallo (UNFPA/Malawi)

  • Introduction of the meeting (Objectives, Expected outcomes and process): Karoline Schmid (DSPD/DESA) 

  • Introduction of participants

 

Session 2: Assess the quality of existing knowledge and identify data gaps for improving understanding of the situation of older people

  • Moderator: Karoline Schmid (UNDESA)
  • Review the data and information of older persons available and the knowledge gaps in priority areas in the context of MIPAA, AUFPA and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Country presentation: Isabella Aboderin (APHRC/ Kenya)

  • Country presentation: Jesman Chintsanya (Chancellor College/Malawi)

  • Country presentation: Abel Nzabona (University of Makerere/Uganda)

  • Ageing in Africa: Gideon Rutaremwa (UNECA)

  • Discussion

 

Session 3: Evidence based policy making on ageing: Countries presentations. 

 

Session 4: Presentation of the DESA initiative on “Data collection methodology and tools for supporting the formulation of evidence-based policies in response to the challenges of population ageing in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Q&A and discussion

 

Session 5: Methodological issues I: Towards harmonization of methods and instruments

  • Moderator: Karoline Schmid (UNDESA)
  • Present the overall structure of the questionnaire and modules. To understand the flow of the module, indicators and associated goals, targets and uses, customization of the questionnaire by countries the module. How to customize the Questionnaire to countries
  • Presentation: Iliana Kohler (UPenn)

  • Group Discussion

  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

 

Session 6: Methodological issues: Group discussions on the questionnaire

  • Group Discussion

  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

 

20 July 2016

Session 7: Methodological issues II: Group discussions on the questionnaire

  • Review of day one and plans for day 2
  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

  • Discussion & QA

 

Session 8: Finalizing group discussions on the questionnaire

  • Group Discussion

  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

 

Session 9: Planning and implementing survey: Sampling design and sampling issues in the Africa context: Polygamous household and sampling selection of the respondents, proxy respondents

  • Moderator: Gideon Rutaremwa (UNECA)
  • Presentation: Iliana Kohler 

 

Session 10: Planning and implementing survey: Manual for survey implementation (interviewer manuals, supervisor and editor’s manual)

  • Moderator: Yumiko Kamiya (UNDESA)
  • Presentation: Iliana Kohler 

  • Discussion

 

21 July 2016

Session 11: Planning and implementing survey: Manual for survey implementation (interviewer manuals, supervisor and editor’s manual), cont’d

  • Recap day 2 and plans for day 3
  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

  • Discussion & QA

 

Session 12: Planning and implementing survey: Guidelines for survey cost and survey analysis forward

  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

 

  • Session 13: Planning and implementing survey

  • Facilitators: Iliana Kohler, Karoline Schmid and Yumiko Kamiya

 

Session 14: The way forward: finalizing the survey instrument and implementation of the survey

  • Moderator: Karoline Schmid (UNDESA)
  • Participant’s evaluation of the meeting; Yumiko Kamiya

  • Closer of the meeting

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