Exploring the Connections between Research and Advocacy

Senior Research Associate, Clive Mutunga, presenting joint PAI and AFIDEP research at a PAA poster session

In early May, PAI traveled to San Francisco for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA). PAI staff joined 2,100 participants for three days of sessions covering a broad range of topics in the population field. Themes included fertility, family planning, sexual behavior and reproductive health, children and youth, migration and urbanization, and the economy, labor force, education and inequality.

Prior to the event, PAI staff brought together 18 active participants from advocacy, academia, and the donor community for a well-received workshop titled Population and Climate Change: Exploring the Connections between Research and Advocacy. During the PAA meeting itself, PAI participated in the first poster session, presenting joint research with Kenya-based partner the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP). The poster highlighted the links among population dynamics, climate change, and sustainable development in Africa. PAI also organized three well-attended sessions on demography and development, featuring eleven technical papers from international researchers, with PAI staff serving as session discussants and chairs.