The PDRH Team Heads to San Francisco
Today, APHRC’s Population Dynamic and Reproductive Health (PDRH) team heads to The Population Association of America (PAA)’s annual conference in San Francisco, USA. Aside from enjoying the beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the PDRH team will be actively participating in all of the conference activities including making oral and poster presentations, and attending side meetings and other networking activities with current and potential partners.
This year’s program offers a wealth of information on topics ranging from fertility, family planning, sexual behavior, and reproductive health; Migration and urbanization; to economy, labor force, education, and inequality. You can view a full program of events here. More to come on interesting presentations and new ideas for future research in our post-conference blog!
At the conference I will be presenting a paper (co-authored with An-Magritt Jensen, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)) that examines the connection between changes in marriage and attitudes towards fertility. The focus of the paper is the cohabitation phenomenon commonly known as “come we stay” in Kenya, and how the processes involved in this type of union affect fertility desires and outcomes. The study was done in Bungoma and Kwale, Kenya.
The findings of this study show that generational changes in marriage patterns, as well as the changing social, cultural and economic landscape in Kenya, all combine to have an impact on fertility decisions among women in the study areas.
This paper is based on data from a larger study, in which APHRC, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Nairobi and NTNU are seeking to understand the interplay of fertility and poverty, and its impact on gender systems in two different cultural and religious contexts. The study will allow researchers to analyze ways in which reproductive health and child mortality impact fertility and poverty in the household.
I look forward to hearing feedback from the conference participants. Attending the conference? You can view my presentation information on the PAA online program. Or you can stop by and view the presentation in person this coming Thursday, May 3 from 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM.