3.6 Lessons Learned in the Preparation Process of the PSA in Argentina

With respect to the process, active participation and coordination between different actors from the governmental, non-governmental, and academic sector as well as from the United Nations system throughout the development process of the PSA can be highlighted. This process was key to improve the quality of the report and to make it a more useful tool in the advocacy and implementation of public policies and the construction of dialogue. In this process, UNFPA played a key role as facilitator of the dialogue process and the interactions generated between the different actors.

The starting point of the PSA was prepared by a team of researchers at the Population Studies Center (CENEP). At a later stage the paper was subjected to a series of consultations with representatives of national government agencies, legislators and researchers in Argentina. Subsequently, the document was presented to a group of selected participants who attended a seminar-workshop, at which comments and suggestions for further refinement of the report were received. Then, UNFPA Country Office in Argentina held an expert meeting on different topics addressed in the PSA in order to strengthen the revision of the final text.

Regarding methodological and political issues, it is important to emphasize the importance of the report to update the statistical information on the population in the country, which had been disclosed for the last time in 1975 by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC). This is considered key in influencing the development agenda in the country and the intervention of more effective public policies to address existing inequities.

It should be highlighted that the report was prepared from the perspective of reducing inequality and poverty, as an intrinsic part of the promotion and implementation of human rights. In this sense, through the analysis of relevant socio-demographic information linkages between population dynamics and socio-economic processes were strengthened, based on the assumption that these processes affect significantly population factors and its behaviour. The report finds that these linkages can provide tools for a better diagnosis and more accurate development of public policies that can contribute to promote the exit from poverty and social exclusion.

This Population Situation Analysis: a Conceptual and Methodological Guide is a tool that will enable UNFPA to contribute to strategic aspects of national development, supporting decision-making activities that underscore the relevance and central importance of the Cairo Action Programme for development.

112  Prepared by the Argentina Country Office, November 2010.