Sunday, August 31, 2008

Seminar_Centre for Development studies,Trivendrum,-

The Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum is organizing a national conference to understand the challenges in human development in India on January 24-25,2009.
The seminar intends to address both theoretical and empirical issues centered on, but not limited to, the following themes:
  1. . Human development: Conceptual and measurement issues
  2. . Poverty eradication, inclusive growth and human development
  3. . Child and Maternal nutrition and nutrition intake
  4. . Mortality, Morbidity, access to health care services and burden of disease
  5. . Gender and freedom, inequity and human development
  6. . School education and higher education: equity, access and quality issues
  7. . Role of the governance, institutions, policies and programmes in enhancing
  8. human development
  9. . Liberalization, public expenditure and human development
  10. . Infrastructure and human development
  11. . Second generation problems in human development
  12. . Understanding social and regional disparities in human development
  13. . Human development in human rights perspective
For contributing papers to the conference in any of the above themes, please send
the abstract/paper proposal, limited to two pages, to latest by October 1, 2008. We encourage young researchers/scholars working in these areas to contribute papers. The primary author of the papers accepted for presentation will be given financial support for travel and free accommodation during the Conference period. It is also planned to bring out an edited volume with selected papers presented.

Important Dates:
Abstract/proposal submission: 1 October 2008
Decision on acceptance of the paper proposal: 5 October 2008
Submission of full paper: 31 December 2008
Conference Dates: 24-25 January 2009.

For any more information, contact Dr. K. Navaneetham, or
Dr. Vijayamohanan Pillai , the coordinators of the


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New MEASURE Evaluation Publications

Measurement of HIV Prevention Indicators:
A Comparison of the PLACE Method and a Demographic Health Survey in Rwanda (wp-08-105) Download these publications by visiting If you are interested in receiving publication announcements from MEASURE Evaluation, email
The 2005 Rwandan Demographic Health Survey (DHS) found that nearly 90 percent of the general population knew about HIV and prevention methods; however, it also found that condom use was very low (only 20 percent of people used a condom with a non-cohabiting partner). To respond better to the large gap between knowledge and safe sexual behavior, and to coordinate local efforts better in the fight against AIDS, the Commission Nationale de Lutte contre le SIDA (CNLS), with technical assistance from MEASURE Evaluation, implemented the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) protocol in 12 provinces. The 2005 PLACE and Rwandan DHS results are useful tools for program managers wishing to focus scarce resources in effective HIV prevention. The DHS results provide information concerning the general population and provide a global picture of people’s HIV knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The PLACE results provide information about populations that exhibit riskier sexual behavior than the general population. Together, the survey results from PLACE and DHS can provide program managers and other stakeholders working in HIV/AIDS comprehensive information on knowledge, attitudes, and practices in both the general population and specific subgroups. The aim of this report is to compare results between the two surveys and illustrate how both surveys can be used together, giving HIV/AIDS program managers and policymakers a better picture of certain determinates of the generalized epidemic in Rwanda.
Download "Measurement of HIV Prevention Indicators: A Comparison of the PLACE Method and a Demographic Health Survey in Rwanda" Download "Flow Chart of Steps to Conduct a Health Facility Assessment :
Flow Chart of Steps to Conduct a Health Facility Assessment (ms-08-28)
The flow chart is a step-by-step guide, in visual form, of key stages in the preparation and conduct of a health facility assessment (HFA). It has two parts, the first being a short presentation of the actual stages, the people involved in them, any documentation available for more details, and any special considerations. The second part is a narrative description of issues related to each stage, and information to help the reader understand how each stage is connected to the preceding and subsequent stages.


Friday, August 1, 2008

IUSSP Conference: Call for Papers

IUSSP Conference: Call for Papers
International Seminar on Demographic Responses to Sudden Economic and Environmental Change/Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, 21-23 May 2009/Organized by the IUSSP Scientific
Panel on Historical Demography, in cooperation with Reitaku University, the Population Association of Japan, and the Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University
Deadline for submission of abstract: *1 November 2008.*
A full announcement and description of this seminar is available at:
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Historical Demography invites researchers in the field to submit a 200-word abstract (and if the author(s) wish, a complete manuscript, which must be unpublished) before *1 November 2008.*
Submissions must be made online on the IUSSP website at: