Regional Collaborators | Census Bureaus | Capacity Strengthening | Student Support | ACAP Workshops

Research Collaboration


Collaborative agreements concluded with several African universities and research centers involves research and training programs. In connection with the research program, a group of African scholars is currently conducting analyses on the data. In addition, a number of Ph.D. students from various African countries are using these data to write their doctoral dissertations. These collaborative efforts will continue to produce several research manuscripts. Some of them have already led to publications and presentations at various international seminars and conferences. Some of this research has been published in the ACAP Working Paper Series started in January 1999. We are currently involved in regionally based as well as country specific collaborations.

Regional Collaborators

The Statistical Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is constituted by 14 Southern African countries: Mauritius, Seychelles, Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and South Africa. The Statistical Committee of the SADC seeks to harmonize the censuses conducted or to be conducted in the member countries.

The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) is a scientific pan-African organization involved in the study and promotion of an understanding of Africa's population and demography, with its headquarters located in Dakar, Senegal. Principally, UAPS aims at:

ACAP has entered into collaboration with UAPS with the aim of helping to promote and espouse these objectives.

The United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) at the University of Ghana, is a regional training institution for English-speaking African countr ies. RIPS holds a demographic training program leading to an MA, M.Phil, or Ph.D. in Population Studies. It also organizes ad hoc, special and in-service training courses in population issues. The program of training particularly emphasizes demographic techniques, substantive demography, population and development, and population policy and planning. The Institute is well known for its work on indirect estimation, the demography of the developing countries of Africa, and historical demography in Africa.

The Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD), Université de Yaoundé II, is a region al institution for Frenchs peaking African countries. IFORD pursues three aims: training in population issues at M.A. and Ph.D. levels; research and publication in all aspects of African demography; and services to African countries, members of IFORD. It has conducted a variety of researches on African population issues including data collection, census analysis, and reproductive health.

The Centre d'Etudes et Recherche sur la Population et le Développement or the Programme Majeur Population/Développement (CERPOD) is a permanent program of the Institute of Sahel's, "Comité Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte Contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)." CERPOD covers the nine African Sahelian countries: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and The Gambia. It aims to strengthen the professional capacity of scholars from West Africa by allowing them to explore population issues relevant to formulating development policies, allocating resources, and improving programs in the region.

ACAP has also entered into collaborative relations with the Navrongo Health Research Center (NHRC) , a Ghanaian Ministry of Health institution involved in health and demographic research. NHRC runs one of the most intensive demographic surveillance systems in the third world today, and is home to several health and population related research. NHRC also runs a Community Health and Family Planning Project, and is also involved in malaria research, including research related testing of malaria and measles vaccines.

ACAP is currently in negotiation with the International Network of Field Sites with Continuous Demographic Evaluation of Population and Their Health in Developing Countries (INDEPTH). INDEPTH brings together researchers from over the developing world involved field site longitudinal data collection with the purpose of creating and developing the technology and methods for analyzing such data

The Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISAE) situated at Makerere University in Kampala - Uganda, has since 1969 conducted a regional training program under the Statistical Training Program for Africa (STPA) and coordinated by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The program has a core participation of 14 Eastern and Southern African countries namely: Uganda; Botswana; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Namibia; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland, Tanzania; Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Institute (ISAE) provides undergraduate, postgraduate and specialized training in statistical methods, planning, applied statistics and demography. The population studies department of ISAE offers an 18 months M.A. demography program providing training in technical as well as substantive demography. The department also offers postgraduate diploma and Ph.D. training in demography.

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Census Bureaus

The following are census bureaus or statistical offices with whom ACAP currently has official collaboration in Africa:

Bureau of Statistics, Maseru, Lesotho;

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), National Planning Commission, Windhoek, Namibia;

Central Statistics Authority, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

Central Statistics Department, Banjul, The Gambia;

Central Statistics Office, Mbabane, Swaziland;

Central Statistics Office, Tower Hill Freetown, Sierra Leone;

Statistics South Africa, Pretoria 0001, South Africa;

Centre National de Statistique et des Études Économiques (CNSEE), Brazzaville, Congo;

Direction de la Prévision et de la Statistique, Dakar, Senegal;

Central Statistical Office (CSO), Botswana;

Ghana Statistical Service, Accra, Ghana;

National Statistical Office, Zomba, Malawi;

Instituto Nacional de Estatistica, Mozambique;

Bureau Central du Recensement, Ministère du Plan, Niamey, Niger;

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Ministry of P lanning and National Development, Nairobi, Kenya;

Institut National de la Statistique, Kinshasa, République Démocratique du Congo;

Planning Commission and Bureau of Statistics, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania;

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), Entebbe, Uganda;

Central Statistical Office (CSO), Lusaka, Zambia;

Insititut National de la Statistique et de Démographie (INSD) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso;

Institut National de la Statistique et de l'Economie, INSAE, Cotonou, Bénin;

Bureau Central des Recensements et des Études de la population, Yaoundé, Cameroun;

Division des Statistiques et des Etudes Economiques, Ministere de l'Economie, du Plan et de la Coopération Internationale, Bangui, Central Africa;

Instituto Nacional de Estatistica (INE), Capo Verde;

Office National de la Statistique, Mauritania;

Central Statistics Office, Port Louis, Mauritius;

Direction Nationale de la Statistique, Conakry Guinea;



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Demographic Capacity Strengthening in Africa

To help strengthen demographic research in Africa, ACAP has pursued different strategies depending on the needs of, or specific situations of our collaborators. Periodic workshops and conferences/seminars are organized mainly in Africa, and these often center on the use and analysis of African census data. Scholars are also sponsored to visit the University of Pennsylvania for various durations ranging from a few weeks to a year. Student and senior scholar support in both Africa and in the United States are also provided. The following are the specific strategies adopted by ACAP:


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Student Support

Currently, ACAP is supporting six African students to pursue doctoral studies in demography and sociology; four students in demography at the University of Pennsylvania, and the other two at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Meanwhile two ACAP supported African students recently completed their doctoral studies. Apart from these, ACAP is currently supporting other African scholars and has to date supported several other African students for short internship programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

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ACAP Workshops

We organize or co-organize regular training and research-oriented workshops. Training workshops are organized in African countries at regional level to enhance the technical abilities of statisticians, researchers, and demographers and create a capacity to use local data sources for designated national projects. Participants are introduced to the Pan-African Census Explorer (PACE). The research-oriented workshops bring together members of a specific research team to share their experiences and findings. These offer members the opportunity to review their papers for publication.

As part of its capacity-strengthening mission, ACAP also participate in national and regional workshops organized by African census bureaus or other collaborating institutions. These technical workshops are useful opportunities to help the demographers or partners in charge of census analysis and/or to identify their needs for training and capacity strengthening that will be solved in part by PACE. For more on the workshops organized or co-organized by ACAP, see our events page.


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