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Population Association of Southern Africa
Bi-weekly Newsletter
Issue 1, 25 January 2017
A quick update on what is happening in and around PASA.
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Happy New Year and we hope that 2017 will be a fruitful year for you all!
Countdown to the 2017 Population Conference
The 12th Annual Population Conference will be held at Statistics South Africa, ISIbalo House, Pretoria from the 12th -14th of July 2017. The call for abstracts opened on the 19th of January 2017 and abstract submissions are due by the 31st of March 2017. The online abstract submissions form can be accessed via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/ZkvuOJrY6ebViIRh2. We look forward to seeing you there!
Remember to renew your 2017 Membership
South Africa hosted the United Nations World Data Forum, 2017
South Africa hosted the first ever United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town from the 15th- 18th of January 2017. The Forum brought together more than 1000 delegates from over 100 countries discussing the systems in place to gather and analyse data necessary to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Click on the UN World Data Forum logo to view the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data.

Source: Stats SA
Best student presenter of 2011 Population Conference, Shaakira Choonara, on the rise!
Winner of the Best Student Presenter Award at the 7th Annual Population Conference in 2011, Shaakira Choonara was recently awarded for "Dedication and Achievement in Research" during the 2017 Wits University Health Sciences Research Awards. She has also been nominated for the Women of the Year Award in the Category "Women in Health". Shaakira is a masters graduate of the Demography and Population Studies Programme at Wits and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health at the same university. Read more about her work and nomination by clicking on the image of her on the left.
Africa represented at BRICS Collaboration for Knowledge Exchange in Belarus
Dr Nelly Sharpley (Walter Sisulu University), second from left, was representing South Africa and Africa at "The Contribution of Migration to the Socio-Economic and Demographic Development Conference". Dr Sharpley was funded by the UNFPA office in Belarus to present her paper on "Socioeconomic Problems and Prospects of Migration in South Africa: A Situational Analysis on the Realities on Ground."
The Conference was hosted by the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation from 15th -16th November 2016, Minsk, Belarus.
New research on Social Cash Transfers in Malawi and Lesotho
Thandie Hlabana is part of a joint research collaboration project which is aimed at understanding the role of social cash transfers on generation relations and youth poverty trajectories in rural Lesotho and Malawi. Watch this video to learn more about the project.
Celebrating Wits Demography and Population Studies Graduates

Congratulations to all the Wits graduates who graduated with Masters and PhD degrees in Demography and Population Studies! Pictured below is Dineo Thaele and Khuthala Mabetha, Dr Pamela Banda and Takalani Muloiwa, Andrew Khuluvhe, Dineo Thaele, Johan Sibiya and Mercy Nyaga.
UKZN Students shine at StatsSA ISIbalo Symposium in Durban
Students from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) were showcasing their research in oral and poster sessions at the 3rd ISIbalo Symposium hosted by StatsSA in Durban. Pictured below is Nthathise Leseba, Matome Makganya, Shane Morrison, Thembelihle Luthuli and Shanaaz Rademeyer.
Available Opportunities
  • Internship Opportunities at StatsSA close on 27 January - http://www.statssa.gov.za/internship/2017/Internship_Advert_2017.pdf
  • Submissions for Young Statisticians Prize close on 15/02/2017- http://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/statistics-prize
  • M & E Officer at Society for Health South Africa closes 1 February 2017-http://www.ngopulse.org/opportunity/2017/01/11/sfh
  • Research Officer at Save the Children South Africa closes 30 January- http://www.ngopulse.org/opportunity/2017/01/16/save-children-south-africa-research-officer
  • IIE Scholar Rescue Fund fellowships for professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats to their lives and careers in their home countries- http://www.scholarrescuefund.org/scholars
Please share your news with us
PASA would be delighted to share what is happening in and around members circles. Send us the latest regarding your publications, conferences, seminars, funding opportunities, awards and any other events.

Issue 2 of this Newsletter will be going out on the 10th of February, please ensure all your submissions are sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 6th of February.
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