Changing structure and its implications for well-being: Integration of Population variables into development planning process, ideas from Ghana
Edward Oppong-Aboagye, National Population Council Ghana
The age structure of a population is an important demographic variable that determines the direction of development of a nation. Ghana has a youthful population which is a very good resource for national development. The benefits associated with the demographic “window of opportunity” a characteristic of youthful population need to be harnessed. It is in the light of this that NPC facilitated the development of the integration modules as a system approach of development to be used by Policy Makers, Planners and Academia at all levels in their planning process. This module is a projection model that examines in general terms the dynamic link among population, economic development and social needs. It is used to determine the development needs of a particular area based on the structure of the population. It has been used as an advocacy tool to sensitize politicians at the district level in the allocation of resources.
Presented in Poster Session 1