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Hosted by the President of Burkina Faso and co-organised by UNFPA and the World Bank during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, this high-level dialogue will showcased the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend initiative. It helped reinforce political commitment and stakeholder support to #PutYoungPeopleFirst ahead of the 2017 Summits of the African Union Heads of States and Government, which will focus on the theme of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth”.

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In this brochure, we share some of our recent experiences, for the consideration of others who wish to promote the ambitious integration framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the aspirations of Agenda 2063 through broad-based multi-stakeholder partnerships to support country-led and country-owned initiatives across many sectors. By walking the talk, our actions have sought to address the pressing need for implementation capacity development and have strengthened local institutions to handle their own issues in their own way and to leverage their own local experts, leaders and communities. Pursuit of the demographic dividend is a powerful pathway to realizing the future we want for Africa.
 
One of the ways UNFPA is taking action to help accelerate planning and targeted investments leading to the demographic dividend is by working with the Centre for Economics and Applied Finance Research at the University of Thiés (CREFAT) to advance the National Transfer Accounts methodology across West and Central Africa. This is an analytical method that informs planning and policies by focusing on the influence of population growth and changing age structure on economic growth, gender and generational equity, public finances, and other important features of a country’s economy.
 

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