Population trends

Good policymaking requires reliable data about people.

Information and knowledge about growth, movement, structure, living conditions and spatial distribution of a country’s population are vital for policy formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Good policymaking requires reliable data about people.

Information and knowledge about growth, movement, structure, living conditions and spatial distribution of a country’s population are vital for policy formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Data can inform and increase the effectiveness of investments in health and rights of the women and young people. Success in achieving the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, depends in large part on reliable, complete and accurate data. To make people count, you must count people.

UNFPA helps countries identify and understand population trends, which are critical to development. UNFPA is one of the world’s largest funders of population data collection. UNFPA also advises countries that the best way to ensure sustainable development is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

In Turkmenistan, UNFPA supports the Government in bringing the data collection system in compliance with the international standards through building the national capacity in population data collection and analysis and providing support in conducting sample surveys and the Population and Housing Census.

Special attention is given to the introduction of information technologies into the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on reproductive health, population and development. A significant focus of the program is given to harmonization of the practices of data collection and processing.

Additionally, UNFPA works to strengthen the capacity of the public servants and policy makers in the application of modern methods of data analysis for decision-making with focus on the demographic trends. In this area, UNFPA provides the attendees of the Academy of Civil Servants under the President of Turkmenistan with the access to international expertise on the methodology of data analysis. UNFPA also provides support in integrating the population and development, and gender equality issues into the educational curriculum of the Academy in accordance with international standards.

UNFPA is one of the world’s largest supporters of population data collection. In addition to supporting censuses and surveys, UNFPA works with policymakers, civil society, health-care providers and educators at all levels to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights – including voluntary family planning.