Reproductive Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Date: Monday, May 24, 2010
Room: Hôtel Ivoire, Salle Coup de Fusil
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Mr. Caleb FUNDANGA, Governor, Bank of Zambia


  • Mr. Germano MWABU, Project-Coordinator, Dept of Economics, University of Nairobi andMr. Olu AJAKAIYE, Director of Research, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC): Reproductive Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction: Overview and Key Policy Messages.
  • Mr. Francis Menjo MBAYE, University of Yaoundé II, Faculty of Economics and Management, Cameroon: Production of Child Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Cameroon.
  • Mr. Damien MEDEDJI, Unité d’Analyse Avancée en Pauvreté (UAAP), INSAE, Ministère du Développement de la Prospective et de l’Evaluation des Actions Publiques : La demande des services de santé de la reproduction au Bénin : une analyse par l’approche des fonctions de contrôle.
  • Ms. Sarah SSEWANYANA, Executive Director, EPRC, Uganda Cost effectiveness of Reproductive Health Interventions in Uganda: The Case for Family Planning services.
  • Mr. Sunil BUNDOO, Dept of Economics and Statistics, University of Mauritius: An Analysis of the Impact of Reproductive Health on Growth and Poverty: the Case of Mauritius.


  • Mr. Samuel MWAKUBO, Manager, Research, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

The objective of the Event is to disseminate the findings and policy implications of these studies (Reproductive Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Nexus in Africa: Research Findings and Policy Implications) among senior African policy makers in Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, donor organizations and other stakeholders.

The key issue to be addressed is the condition under which effective demand for and cost effective delivery of reproductive health services can contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa drawing on evidence from19 country case studies from16 African countries, namely, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Cote-d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya,Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. A key message is that in order for the utilization of reproductive health services to contribute to economic growth and reduce poverty, several complementary actions such as a conducive macroeconomic environment, expanding and flexible labor markets and supportive socio-cultural milieu, among others are needed.