Collaborations in Population Studies and Research Institute

African Institute For Development Policy Research (afidep)

     AFIDEP, the African Institute for Development Policy Research and Dialogue, is registered as an International Non-Governmental Organization with a mandate to work on African development policy issues by the Republic of Kenya’s Non-Governmental Organizations Board under Registration Number OP.218.051.2009/0595/6183.

    AFIDEP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the creation, translation, and utilization of research evidence for policy formulation and resource allocation in Africa. AFIDEP seeks to foster consistent availability of timely, relevant and accessible evidence from credible sources to support policy making and implementation of effective development programs on the continent.

The Institute will strengthen efforts to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of human capital by generating and promoting utilization of evidence on the inter-linkages between population change, public health, education and environmental challenges facing Africa. The primary target audiences for the Institute’s work are policy makers and development partners operating at national, regional, and international levels.

One key element of AFIDEP’s work will involve helping policy makers, including those in the ministries of planning and finance, as well as foreign aid agencies, to have a clearer understanding of the population growth factor in health and development. In particular, AFIDEP will promote funding and adoption of effective strategies for enabling couples fulfil their childbearing ideals and reduce the high levels of unmet need for family planning and other reproductive health services in Africa.

    AFIDEP seeks to add value to work being done by various research and other civil society organizations by bringing a holistic scientific perspective in advocacy. By partnering closely with such organizations, AFIDEP will make a substantive contribution toward leveraging resources, expertise, and experiences in the development field.



African Medical And Research Foundation (amref)

    AMREF's vision is for lasting health change in Africa: communities with the knowledge, skills and means to maintain their good health and break the cycle of poor health and poverty. We believe in the inherent power within African communities – that the power for lasting transformation of Africa’s health lies within its communities.

    AMREF has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now one of the continent’s leading health development and research organizations. Today, AMREF implements its projects through country programmes in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Sudan and South Africa. Training and consulting support are provided to an additional 30 African countries.

    AMREF believes that by focusing on the health of women and children, the health of the whole community can be improved. We are concerned with skilled care of mothers before, during and after childbirth; prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, and proper management of childhood illnesses. Our main areas of intervention are maternal and child health; HIV and Tuberculosis; safe water and sanitation; malaria; and essential clinical care.

   AMREF shares knowledge gained from our grassroots programmes with others, and uses it as evidence to advocate appropriate change in health policy and practice. In all our programmes, AMREF partners with communities, civil society organisations, health practitioners, and the private and public sectors to establish a participatory health care system.



African Population And Health Research Center (aphrc)

    The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant research on population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. The Center was established in 1995 as a Population Policy Research Fellowship program of the Population Council, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2001, it became an autonomous institution with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

    The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is also registered with the Registrar of Companies in Kenya, giving it distinct legal status in the country. Earlier in April 1999, the Center was registered as a Non-profit corporation in the State of Delaware in the United States of America… (APHRC) was initially designed as a Population Policy Research Fellowship Program aimed at attracting and retaining well trained Africans back to the continent and enabling them to develop their research skills and their professional links with other relevant African institutions. The rationale for such a program centered on the lack of an enabling institutional environment for African scholars to engage in policy-relevant population and health research.



Brown University


The Population Studies & Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University, formally established in 1965, is an internationally respected demography research and training center offering an outstanding interdisciplinary graduate training program.



Centre For Adolescent Studies Kenya

Established in 1988, the Center for the Study of Adolescence is an independent non-partisan, nonprofit organization. The purpose of the centre is to advocate and implement policies and programs that enable young people to exercise choice, access to services and participate fully in activities that promote their health and well-being.


Centre For African Family Studies (cafs) Kenya



Consortium For Advanced Research Training In Africa - (carta)

    The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a South-South partnership with South-North collaboration. CARTA is jointly-led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) ,South Africa. It consists of nine African universities, four African research institutes and seven northern academic institutions.

    CARTA has two primary objectives, namely: to strengthen research infrastructure and management capacity at African universities, and to support doctoral training through a model collaborative PhD program in population and public health. The objectives are designed to realize CARTA’s ultimate goal of building local research capacity to understand the determinants of health in Africa and develop effective interventions to improve health systems and outcomes.



Courtesy Call By Acting Unfpa Country Representative


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Division Of Reproductive Health



The Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) of the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS), in collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental partners, strives to ensure that reproductive health programmes are managed effectively and that high-quality reproductive health services, information and counseling are available to all Kenyans.



InterMedia is joining forces with the Population Studies and Research Institute (PSRI) of the University of Nairobi to further explore financial inclusion amongst poor populations in the region and contribute to building the capacity of research infrastructure in East Africa.

Dr. Ana Mirzoyants-McKnight, left, with new intern Loice Cherwon (immediate right of banner) and the Director of PSRI, Prof. Lawrence Ikamari.

InterMedia and the University of Nairobi signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the University of Nairobi’s Vice Chancellor’s office on March 28.

Through this partnership, PSRI students will have the opportunity to intern with InterMedia’s Nairobi office, do hands-on field research and learn from some of InterMedia’s top experts. PSRI students will be working on the Financial Inclusion Tracker Survey (FITS) project.  Funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FITS fills knowledge gaps about trends in and social impact of mobile money in the developing world, looking at Uganda, Pakistan and Tanzania.

After Safaricom’s launch of M-PESA in Kenya half a decade ago,  mobile money gained prominence as a safe, convenient and affordable way to manage money, especially for people at the bottom of the pyramid. Today, mobile money services are available in some 70 countries. But there is still much to learn about how to successfully expand access and use, especially to the most poor and vulnerable.

“It is a chance for students to take what they have learned from PSRI and apply it to real-life situations in the fast-developing field of mobile money,” said Dr. Ana Mirzoyants-McKnight, FITS Project Director and the Head of InterMedia-Africa office.

“InterMedia brings a strong history of research in digital finance, health issues, audience research and impact evaluation across the African continent.” continued Dr. Mirzoyants-McKnight.  “This partnership allows us to execute a broader research agenda, and harness expertise from one of the top research institutions in the region.  It is an opportunity for students to learn, and for InterMedia to help shape the next generation of researchers.”

“This partnership will enhance our capacity and participation in impact evaluation and will provide our students with opportunities to gain practical experience in a wide variety of contexts,” said Prof. Lawrence Ikamari, PSRI Director.

Link: InterMedia, University of Nairobi Join Forces to Study Financial Inclusion

Kenya National Bureau Of Statistics (knbs)

   The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) was established by the Statistics Act of 2006 to replace CBS. The Act establishes KNBS as a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency incorporated under the Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030. Its core mandate is collection, compilation, analysis, publication and dissemination of statistical information for public use, with an additional role of coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System (NSS).

   The Bureau maintains the National Sampling Survey and Evaluation Programme (NASSEP), which provides the framework for designing household surveys to generate different forms of household based data. It maintains a Master File of all establishments in the country. The Master File provides a framework of collecting establishment based data.

    KNBS has an elaborate infrastructure for data collection, which includes District Statistical Officers and trained enumerators in every district. The Bureau is also the custodian of all government statistical information, and for this it maintains a database of all national surveys including National Population and Housing Censuses.


Makerere University


The Department of Population Studies runs both undergraduate and graduate programmes.


Measure Evaluation

MEASURE Evaluation is the USAID Global Health Bureau's primary vehicle for supporting improvements in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition worldwide and help to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for health decision making.



National Council For Population And Development (ncpd)

    At the time of independence in 1963 Kenya’s population was about 9million. Today the population stands at 40 million; more than four times the number of people in 1963 and it is continuing to grow. Even with HIV AIDS deaths taking a tall on Kenyan people, the population will keep growing. At the current growth rate of 2.8% each year, Kenyan population will increase to more than 64 million by 2030.

    One result of rapid growth is an overwhelming pressure on land and resources. Agriculture plays an important role in Kenyan economy. Yet the high potential agricultural areas account for only 20% of the country’s land mass area with the remaining 80% of the land being arid or semi arid.  In those high potential areas population pressure has led to the increase in sub division of land leading to lower agricultural productivity. This phenomenon coupled by intermittent draught due to climate change is threatening food security and the country’s overall economic growth. In some parts of the country the population density tops 300 people per square kilometer.

    Rapid population growth is already posing many challenges for the economy and the government’s ability to provide adequate social services especially in the context of high levels of poverty, low levels of education, environmental degeneration and food insecurity. This state of affairs became even more alarming when the 2003 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey revealed that the country was losing ground with its family planning program as evidenced by slow-down in up-take of contraceptives and slowing of the trend toward smaller families. The trends towards smaller families directly translates to greater wealth  for each member of the house hold and at the same time helps empower women to actively contribute towards the economic growth of their families, their communities and the nation as a whole.

   The Government of Kenya established the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) to improve people’s well-being and help preserve natural resources by mobilizing political and financial support for population, family planning and reproductive health policies and programmes. NCPD is the National focal point for leadership and guidance in matters relating to population and development in the country that fosters the development of appropriate policies on population and reproductive health issues through an integrated programme of research, policy formulation, advocacy and communication, and seeks to make clear the linkages between population, reproductive health, the environment and development.

   NCPD is a semi-autonomous government agency under the Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 with the responsibility of promoting and coordinating population and development activities in Kenya. Founded in 1982, NCPD is financed through government funds and support from development partners.


National Council For Science And Technology (ncst)

    The development and application of science, technology and innovation in Kenya is central to the success of the national development policies and programmes. Science and technology are the essential means by which the development of nations has been facilitated. Economic, social and cultural development goes hand in hand with scientific and technological transformation. Science and technology policies must therefore be an integral part of the economic and social policies, contributing in the national development objectives and aspirations.

     In order for the country’s development agenda to benefit from the scientific and technological innovations and inventions, an institutional framework with legal powers and capacity to develop, collect and make available information on scientific and technological advancements to users is essential.

    From the early 18th century, the country’s colonial government in Kenya established a number of scientific research and development facilities especially in the country’s agriculture and health sectors. These included the Scott Agricultural Laboratories in 1903, Coffee Research Services in 1908, Veterinary Research Laboratories in 1910 and Medical Research Laboratory in 1958. Similar efforts in other sectors were made during the nineteen forties and fifties. After attaining independence in 1963, Kenya established many other Science and Technology (S&T) institutions in the effort to develop and apply science and technology in the country’s development priorities. In response to the growth in national S&T and related activities, the post-independence Government sought to have a mechanism through which scientific and technological activities could be coordinated and promoted. This led to the enactment of the Science and Technology Act, Cap 250 of the Laws of Kenya in 1977. The Act established Advisory Research Committees (ARCs) and the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) to serve as advisory institutions to the Government on matters of science and technology.



Partners Of Population And Development

PPD established partnerships with 21 national and regional training and research institutions as Centers of Excellence in Asia, Africa, Middle-East and Latin America. It has been involved in providing technical supports to these institutions in order to strengthen the organizational capacity in conducting regional and international training programs. A capacity development needs assessment was conducted by PPD to identify the priority needs of these institutions. Based on the assessment PPD in collaboration with these institutions prepared 6 Generic Modules for capacity building of young professionals and government officials from the relevant fields. These Generic Modules were translated to local languages and were incorporated into the existing training curricula of its partner’s institutions. PPD partner institutions offer scholarships through PPD to young professionals and government officials from its member countries.

PPD is in the process of expanding the network of PIs by bringing in other renowned institutions creating a database of PIs for exchange of information, research findings and expertise.


Population Council


The Population Council has worked in Kenya since the 1960s when it helped to develop the country's first population policy and program. During the following two decades, the Council provided support to the University of Nairobi and Kenya’s national family planning program….

Until the early 1990s, the Council concentrated on capacity building, fertility reduction, and contraceptive technologies. Since 1994, the Council has assisted Kenya in implementing a broader population policy based on recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development. It has collaborated with Kenya's Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Welfare, and NGOs involved in human rights, poverty alleviation, and social and gender equality….

Highlights of past and present work

  • Assisted the Government of Kenya in developing its first population policy in 1966.
  • Played a key role in the establishment of the Population Studies and Research Institute at the University of Nairobi.
  • Developed a health-facility-assessment methodology, termed "situation analysis," which was used in many countries and has subsequently been adapted by many organizations.


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Population Services International


PSI was registered in Kenya as an international non-governmental organization in 1989. Since then, PSI/Kenya has been implementing social marketing programs to address HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, malaria and child health promotion. PSI/Kenya promotes products, services and healthy behavior that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives.


Tulane University - School Of Public Health And Tropical Medicine (sphtm) - Advancing Global Health Initiatives

     Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. The school's mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through education of public health professionals, scientific research of problems, partnerships, and service to the global public health community.

     A leader in global health, the school is comprised of six academic departments: biostatistics and bioinformatics, global community health and behavioral sciences, global environmental health sciences, epidemiology, global health systems and development, and tropical medicine




The goals of UNFPA - achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promoting reproductive rights, reducing maternal mortality and accelerating progress on the ICPD agenda and MDG 5 - are inextricably linked. UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of youths and women by advocating for human rights and gender equality and by promoting the understanding of population dynamics. Population dynamics, including growth rates, age structure, fertility and mortality and migration have an effect on every aspect of human, social and economic progress. And sexual and reproductive health and women's empowerment all powerfully affect and are influenced by population trends.





University Of Washington (uw)

University of Washington (UW), commonly referred to as Washington or informally UDub, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded in 1861, UW is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. The university has three campuses: the largest in the University District (Seattle) and two others in Tacoma and Bothell. The University of Washington has been called a Public Ivy institution and is an elected member of the American Association of Universities. The university's research budget is among the highest in the United States. It enjoys a high evaluation in various global university rankings as well.

Link: University of Washington (UW)

University Of Waterloo


    Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems is training a new generation of leaders, researchers, and change agents, adept at thinking and responding to the complex adaptive systems that affect health and health care.



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