The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) is a pan-African non profit scientific organization. Established through the initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) by the Third General Conference of African Demographers, Statisticians and Planners held in Addis Ababa in March 1984, in order to promote the scientific study of population in Africa.
African Population Conference: The African Population Conference is convened once every four years by UAPS to provide a platform for knowledge sharing on key population, health and development issues facing the African continent. The Fifth African Population Conference’s (5APC) theme was Emerging issues in Population and development in Africa, which was timely, given that the African continent continues to exhibit the highest population growth rates, disease burden and levels of poverty among all major regions of the world. The conference attracted participants from diverse backgrounds and field of expertise including: multi-disciplinary scholars, government officials, parliamentarians, service providers, multilateral and bilateral donors, the media and civil society. The Conference thus played a key role in forging networking among these groups; enhancing the visibility of African population, health and development issues in the global development discourse; and promoting an integrated approach to the study and application of knowledge on population dynamics in economic and social development planning in Africa. Apart from the formal sessions, there were a series of training sessions and round table discussions on topical issues such as research ethics; debate on the future of population growth in Africa; communication of research evidence to non-scientific audiences; role of policy makers in determining research agendas in Africa; and scientific writing.