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Population Matters

The Situation: The PEAP recognises the need to take into account population and reproductive issues, among others, if poverty eradication is to be achieved as a goal. The inadequate appreciation of the linkage between population factors and development, and inadequate availability and utilisation of disaggregated data/information remain some of the challenges to the designing and implementation of poverty reduction programmes.

What We Do: The population and development component is aimed at strengthening government systems to ensure that poverty eradication policies, frameworks and programmes at national and sub-national levels take into account population, reproductive health and gender issues.

Population and development linkages and their incorporation into policies, plans and strategies remain a key element in the implementation of the Country programme. Focus has been placed on the districts to build their capacity to integrate population and development factors into district and lower level government plans.

UNFPA supports government to provide skills, equipment and guidelines for integrating population factors into national and Local Governments' plans and other development frameworks. Capacity building activities targeting the planners at national and district levels have been conducted in data management and integration of population factors into plans.

Together with other development partners, UNFPA support to government, through Uganda Bureau of Statistics, to increase availability of disaggregated data/information on population, reproductive health and gender issues for use in decision making. Focus has been on supporting the Population and Housing Census, the Demographic Health Survey and other subject specific studies as well as assisting districts go generate and use district specific data/information.

Through supporting advocacy campaigns and review of existing policies/laws, population and development also focuses on increasing commitment to and support for the implementation of population, reproductive health and gender policies and programmes.