Interregional project: Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension

ESCAP, in close collaboration the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and supported by other United Nations partners, is implementing an innovative project to promote sustainable development in Africa and Asia and the Pacific. The project is entitled “Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension: Entry Points for implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific” and covers the four-year period from 2018 to 2021.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of member States to harnesses the demographic dividend through promoting youth development and gender equality, while broadening the evidence base and mainstreaming youth and gender issues into national policies and programmes.

The Project targets six member States: three from Africa - Nigeria (West Africa), Uganda (Eastern Africa) and South Africa (Southern Africa), and three from Asia and the Pacific – Nepal (South and South-West Asia), Papua New Guinea (Pacific) and Timor-Leste (South-East Asia). In addition, two more countries per region (Ghana and Zambia for Africa, and Malaysia and Republic of Korea for Asia and the Pacific) are being engaged in the Project as good practice countries to champion the commitments made by the target countries. The interregional approach of this project is based on the premise that South-South cooperation can foster exchange of experience on common areas and facilitate the dissemination of appropriate good practices.

The Project is developing a statistical dashboard and summary index, along with an operational manual containing guidance to member States on integrating gender equality and demographic dividend priorities into national development plans and sectoral policies. By using the project outputs, it is expected that policymakers will be better equipped to actively promote inclusive and sustainable development, with particular attention to Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and well-being), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities).