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Successful international conference on population dynamics

In January, 130 international researchers in the field of population dynamics and economics in developing countries gathered in Oslo to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience. It was the first time Oslo was the venue for this major conference.

The Population and Poverty (PopPov) Research Network is run by the non-profit Population Reference Bureau in the USA. Through the network, researchers from Europe and the USA collaborate with colleagues in developing countries to find answers on issues related to population dynamics.

Health, population growth, and impacts on economies

How does the health situation of mothers and children in developing countries affect population growth, and what are the impacts on economic development? These issues are being given broad focus by the PopPov researchers.

The PopPov Research Network is funded by the private Hewlett Foundation in the USA, which has provided a total of USD 25 million to the activities. The Research Council and a number of other European research organisations also contribute funding.

PoPov The PopPov Research Network conference in Oslo was a success, state Marlene Lee of the Population Reference Bureau and Helena Choi of the Hewlett Foundation (front), Anne Kielland of Fafo (from left, behind), Jan M. Haakonsen of the Research Council, and Ruth Levine of the Hewlett Foundation.

One funding stipulation of the Hewlett Foundation is that research projects must include studies of the economic ramifications of health and population dynamics in developing countries. In addition, projects must include local researchers in their activities.

“Recruiting local project participants is a means of ensuring that dynamic specialist environments are built up in the developing countries involved,” explains Ruth Levine, Director of Global Development and Population Program at the Hewlett Foundation.

Norwegian groups actively involved

“Norwegian researchers are currently involved in six different research projects under the auspices of the PopPov Research Network,” says Jan M. Haakonsen, programme coordinator at the Research Council of Norway. “The projects focus primarily on conditions in sub-Saharan Africa.”

At the three-day conference in Oslo, 130 researchers from many countries presented their projects, exchanged experience and learned about presentation methods and techniques. The event was hosted by the Research Council and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies.

Written by:
Eirik Vigsnes/Else Lie. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann
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