Population Policies Information System

 
The Population Policies Information System or the PPIS is a database on population policies and indicators in the Arab countries that was developed to monitor and follow up on the implementation of national population goals and targets. It is a powerful tool for monitoring country progress towards the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and the population targets set at United Nations international conferences.

The PPIS is an integral component of a four-year project funded by UNFPA, implemented by ESCWA in coordination with National Population Committees/Councils in the Arab countries and was formulated in line with the themes and recommendations emanating from the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994).

The topics covered by the PPIS include: Population dynamics; education; economic growth; employment and poverty; environment and natural resources; public health; maternal and child health; adolescent and youth health; sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS; empowerment of women; responsibilities and participation of men; partnership in development; information, education and communications. The main economic, social and demographic indicators related to the above-mentioned topics are incorporated into PPIS.

The core functions of the PPIS encompass the following:

To identify the position of Arab countries with regard to population policies.
To gather and document the population policies of Arab countries for the purpose of comparative analysis.
To gather and document indicators to monitor achievements.
To identify future trends and alternative strategies with respect to population and economic and social development in the Arab region as a whole and in each country.

By performing these functions, the PPIS is envisaged on the long-run:

To monitor progress made towards achieving goals and objectives of national population policies as well as UN goals.
To upgrade the policy formulation and analysis capacities of Arab countries.
To raise awareness about the importance of integrating population, reproductive health and gender issues in national development plans and programmes.
To identify required future national/regional and integrated regional economic, social and population development strategies.
To gain a regional perspective on formulating development policies that are integrated to ensure sustainable development.

PPIS sources of information are based on national population policies documents and a standardized questionnaire sent to the Arab countries to assess the official country position on population policies in addition to the measures/interventions adopted to achieve these policies. Population and Socio-economic indicators are derived mainly from national surveys, statistical abstracts and United Nations estimates.

To date, the PPIS provides information on the population policies and related indicators in ten Arab countries. More profiles will be added as soon as more information is available. PPIS can be found either online at http://ppis.escwa.org.lb; or on CDs available from ESCWA upon special request. The use of the PPIS is easy, friendly and costless and is backed up by a promotional brochure available in English and Arabic and a user-manual also available in both languages.

 

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