PAI senior researcher Clive Mutunga presented at the Wilson Center yesterday on a panel on “Population Dynamics, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Kenya and Malawi.”
“Demographic trends and reproductive health are likely to affect the countries’ abilities to adapt to the effects of climate change in Africa,” Mutunga said.
He emphasized that incorporating population dynamics into climate change adaptation programs could help address these challenges, but issues like access to family planning, reproductive health, and women’s education and empowerment are rarely considered in climate change planning.
The presentation was based on two 2012 studies conducted by PAI in collaboration with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) to analyze the challenges and opportunities for integrating population and climate change interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Among the study’s findings was that meeting women and their partners’ needs for family planning should be prioritized, as it could yield a ‘triple win’ for sustainable development.