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Title: Variations in Desired Family Size and Excess Fertility in East Africa
Authors: Muhoza, Dieudonné Ndaruhuye
Broekhuis, Annelet
Hooimeijer, Pieter
Keywords: Family Size
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: The demographic developments in sub-Saharan Africa continue to puzzle population experts. After the turn of the millennium the stalling of the fertility decline in many countries gave new food for thought [1–4], while the debates continued on differential fertility change within countries [3, 5–7] as well as that on the unfinished family planning agenda [8]. This paper investigates the levels and determinants of excess fertility in East Africa, using data from the latest Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs). It links up with the debate on variations at the national and the community levels and aims at identifying the community contexts in these countries that shape both actual and desired fertility and then determine excess fertility and at finding possible target groups for future family planning programs. To provide a better understanding of the regional background a condensed picture of the socioeconomic and demographic position of the countries concerned is presented in Section 2, along with a sketch of the family planning policies and performance. In Section 3, the theoretical background to the analysis is elaborated by building upon relevant literature. Section 4 concerns the materials and methods used. The empirical analyses and results are presented in Section 5.This is followed by the conclusion of results (Section 6).
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