EDUCATE AND EMPOWER ADOLESCENT GIRLS

Only 16% and 41% of females in the region finish primary school and far fewer finish secondary school. Between 10% and 37% percent of women 20-49 years old were married by age 15. Girls education and empowerment programs benefit individual girls, their families, and the economy, helping to create a more stable society. 

Suggested readings:

Female Empower as a Core Driver of Democratic Development: A Dynamic Panel Model from 1990 to 2005

Female Empower as a Core Driver of Democratic Development: A Dynamic Panel Model from 1990 to 2005

The New Population Challenge

The New Population Challenge

Pathways to Choice

Pathways to Choice

HNP Brief French

HNP Brief French

EXPAND ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING

The total fertility rates in the region ranges from 4.2 to 7.6 children per woman. between 20% and 32% of married women say that they want to space their pregnancies or stop having children but they are not using any type of modern contraception. Improving information and access to a wide-range of contraceptive methods will enable couples to achieve their ideal family size. 

Suggested readings:

How Can We Capitalize on the Demographic Dividend?

How Can We Capitalize on the Demographic Dividend?

Family Planning: Francophone West Africa on the Move

Family Planning: Francophone West Africa on the Move

La Planification Familiale: L'Afrique de L'Ouest Francophone En Mouvement

La Planification Familiale: L'Afrique de L'Ouest Francophone En Mouvement

ADAPT AGRICULTURE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The Sahel regions suffers from regular droughts and famine. Between 18% and 39% of children in the region are malnourished. Improving policies, and providng timely information, inputs, and support to farmers and pastorialists will better enable them to feed their families, and adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses.

Suggested readings: 

Global Alliance for Resilience Regional Roadmap - English

Global Alliance for Resilience Regional Roadmap - English

Global Alliance for Resilience Regional Roadmap - French.pdf

Global Alliance for Resilience Regional Roadmap - French.pdf

Present and future climate change in the semi-arid region of West Africa: a crucial input for practical adaptation in agriculture

Present and future climate change in the semi-arid region of West Africa: a crucial input for practical adaptation in agriculture

 

 

Additional readings:

Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

The pervasive triad of food security, gender inequity and women’s health: exploratory research from sub-Saharan Africa

The pervasive triad of food security, gender inequity and women’s health: exploratory research from sub-Saharan Africa

Family Planning Improves Food Security: Evidence from Studies in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

Family Planning Improves Food Security: Evidence from Studies in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

Family Planning Improves Nutrition: Evidence from Studies in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

Family Planning Improves Nutrition: Evidence from Studies in Low- And Middle-Income Countries