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People, Population and Development

Today, Bangladesh has one of the highest population densities, and is also the 7th most populous country in the world.  With a population estimated at close to 150 million, Bangladesh averages nearly 1000 people per square kilometer throughout the country according to preliminary figures released by the 2011 census.
 
In Bangladesh young people between the ages of 15-24 years make up nearly 20% of the population; with the total population of Bangladesh expected to reach 220 million by the year 2050, even if replacement level fertility is met today.
 
In focusing on population and development linkages and promoting the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) at the policy level, the P&D component of the 8th Country Programme will utilize interlocking program strategies in:  (a) Research; (b) Evidence-Based Policy and Advocacy; and (c) Data for Development (D4D).
 
8CP Outputs:
1:Strengthened national capacity in collecting and analyzing data disaggregated by sex, age, economic status and location.
 
2:Increased capacity to integrate population and gender concerns, including emerging issues, into national and sectoral plans and policies.
Data for Development (D4D) – Integrate Population Concerns into Development Policies and Plans
   •  Data collection & analysis on population for policy and planning
   •  Research in partnership with international organizations
   •  Analyzing the demographic window
   •  Health and environmental concerns of urbanization
   •  Needs based Research in RH & Gender
Data for Development (D4D) – Strengthening National Statistical System for Population Data
   •  Conduct secondary analyses of disaggregated census data
   •  Develop geo-database in health, employment, and private sectors
   •  Institutionalize national GBV survey and reliable “gender statistics”
   •  Develop ‘Civil Registration System’
Data for Development (D4D) – Use of Data for Advocacy and Policy / Programme Development
   •  Use data to advocate for development policies
   •  Account for changing population dynamics:
       ♦  Demographic window participation &ndash focusing on women
       ♦  Urbanization &ndash (in the area of RH/gender)
   •  Through advocacy and building political commitment in:
       ♦  Parliamentary actions
       ♦  Annual budgetary allocation
   •  Programme and Policy Development:
       ♦  Building capacity of Planning and Line Ministries to translate research/data and analysis into specific policy recommendations

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