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Population Association of Southern Africa 

Newsletter: 26 March 2018

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PASA Membership Renewal 
Join PASA or renew your membership  for 2018!
Complete the membership form here.
[Remember that student membership applies to masters students and below]
PASA 13th Annual Population Conference
PASA will host the 13th Annual Population Conference in July 2018. Access the online submission form here.
The detailed call for abstracts can be downloaded from here.
Submit to the Southern African Journal of Demography
  • Reminder that submissions for the Southern African Journal of Demography (SAJD) are open
  • Submissions to the SAJD are free to all members of PASA
  • SAJD is an accredited journal by the South African Department of Higher Education 
  • To submit your paper contact the editor Prof Maharaj  Maharajp7@ukzn.ac.za 
International Womens Day 2018
The month of March has been about celebrating women all over the world. 
The theme for 2018 International Women's Day is #PressForProgress
Below, is a story on a leading Southern African women demographer.

To learn more about the theme click here.

A leading woman in Demography! 

Itani Ntsieni
Chief Demographer
Statistics South Africa 


 
Itani was born at Maraxwe village in Limpopo province, outside Thohoyandou. After completing matric in 1999, her father wanted her to study nursing at the University of Venda as he felt the city life would dilute here. She proceeded with Nursing for a year at the University of Venda, but was not happy. She then spoke to her dad about it and the following year moved to the North West University in the year 2000 where she registered for a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree.

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she was awarded the NRF Scares skills bursary for Hons and Masters, which Prof Kalule Sabiti had encouraged her class to apply for. The bursary covered tuition, accommodation and provided a living allowance.

Her journey as a qualified Demographer began in 2006 when she was an intern at the Institute of Security studies (ISS) on Migration Project. During her time at ISS, she applied for a Demographer position at Stats SA, but was unfortunately unsuccessful.  She was later appointed a Data Quality officer at Stats SA in November of 2006.  Four years later, she felt that the positon was no longer fulfilling her career desires and that was when she embarked on a journey as Manager for Demography in Department of Social Development (Limpopo Provincial Department). 

In the Limpopo provincial department for Social Development, she worked alongside Dr Edward Kironji for five years.  She was responsible for conducting demographic analysis and social research for the province. During her time in Limpopo provincial department for Social Development, she had the great pleasure and privilege of working with prominent demographers as most of the projects were commissioned or though collaboration with various organisations.  This was a great platform for Itani to enhance her skills in demographic analysis and in networking. 

At the end of 2015, she returned to the “place she calls home”, Stats SA.  Itani was appointed as a Chief Demographer (Mortality) in the Demographic Analysis division at Statistics South Africa.  Although she notes it has been a challenging a journey, she also recognizes that it has been a rewarding one too. 
 
“For one to be a chief demographer, you need to be able to work with people, have attention to details, and be able to work under pressure. The days prior a release are a bit stressful and working as a team is helpful because we are able to encourage each other.”-  Ms Itani Ntsieni
 
South African Statistician General at the #UN49SC
Statistician General of South Africa, Mr Risenga Maluleke, caught up with former South African Statistician General, Dr Pali Lehohla at the UN  49th Session of the Statistical Commission in New York during the 6th-9th of March. 
Stats SA hosts Technical Meeting on National Statistics Offices
Statistics South Africa hosted the 9th technical meeting of national statistical offices of BRICS countries during March 2018.
Statistics Botswana Hosts Poverty Eradication Conference

The 2 day conference on Poverty Eradication was officially opened the 20th of March by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

" I am happy to announce that this move has significantly improved the lives of our people and the latest information from the Botswana Multi-Household Survey conducted by Statistics Botswana attests to this. Survey results show that the proportion of people living below the poverty datum line has been declining over the years" PRESIDENT KHAMA.

Statistician General, Anna Majelantle (pictured below right) also made a presentation at the Conference.

Lesotho Results Based Management Training
Ministry of Development Planning, Lesotho through the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) with support from the Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development Project (funded by EU and UNDP) organized a 5-day training workshop on Results-Based Management (RBM) for 100 Economic Planners, M&E Officers, Statisticians and Academia, followed by a 3-day RBM Training of Trainers. 

These training's were esteemed to be the first of their kind in Lesotho as they mainly applied participatory approaches in fostering skills. On the on 22nd February 2018 the Ministry organized a half-day event to award certificates to the RBM trainees. This occasion further provided a platform for trainees to share how they are utilizing the acquired RBM skills.

The event also served as a barometer to gauge progress on agreed commitments at the end of the training's. In addition, the event provided an opportunity to propose and launch an Information Management Working Group (M&E and Statistics working group). This working group is intended to promote integrated approaches to M&E and statistical activities at both national and sub-national levels. Thus, broadening and deepening coordination, collaboration, networking and information sharing among stakeholders. This initiative is expected to forge synergies and help to avoid working at cross-purpose, duplication of efforts and production of conflicting data as well as definition of indicators and development of M&E tools.
Training & Capacity Building Workshops
Centre for Statistical Analysis & Research will host the following workshops during the firstly half of the 2018; Data Analysis using Stata, Inferential Statistics & Multiple Regression, Quantitative Research Methodology, Survival Analysis, Data Interpretation and data use for HIV & TB, Monitoring & Evaluation, Data Analysis& Data Visualization & Report Writing.  For more information contact info@cesar-africa.com
Stellenbosch University will offer the following short courses during May and October 2018; Social Surveys, Quantitative Data Analysis using SPSS, Qualitative Interviewing Methods, Qualitative Data Analysis, Programme Evaluation, Introduction to regression analysis using SPSS & Multiple regression and factor analysis using SPSS. For more information visit this page.
Opportunities

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is recruiting 2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs / Research Scientiststo join the newly established Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography. Applications close on the 8th of April.

The European Doctoral School of Demography has 11 month fellowship positions available for students in their first year of doctoral studies.  Applications close on the 15th of April, apply here.
BSPS welcomes the participation in the Conference of The Netherland Demographic Society (NVD). Call for papers closes on the 24th of April, click here for more information.
UN Women is recruiting for a Data and Statistics Consult.  Applications close on 30 March.  To Apply click here.  
The Centre for Actuarial Research is currently recruiting for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Demography and Population Studies.  Applications for the post close on the 2nd of April 2018. To apply click here
The African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg has opened a call for two post-doctoral fellowship opportunities.  Applications close on the 1st of May, click here to apply.
Genesis Analytics recruiting graduates for their 2019 programme.  Applications close on the 30th of April, click here to apply.
The Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SPH&FM) is seeking a biostatistician for a permanent teaching position.  Applications for this post close on the 3rd of April. Click here to apply. 
Applications are open for internship opportunities at Statistics South Africa. For more information click here.
CARTA 2018/2019 PhD fellowship applications are open until the 15th of April 2018.  For more information visit their website.
Stellenbosch University is recruiting for a Programme Coordinator: HIV & Sexuality Portfolio and a Data Administrator for the Desmond Tutu TB-Centre. Application for both positions close on the 2nd of March 2018.  Apply here.
North West University is recruiting for the following positions; Research Assistant (Health Sciences), Research Assistant_B (Health Sciences), Research Intern (Health Sciences), various closing dates. 
Applications are open for a Research Assistant and Post-doctoral: Aging & Development Unit fellowship at the APHRC . 
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