PRB Discuss Online Tomorrow, March 13, 2012, “Africa’s Demographic Challenges”

March 12, 2012 • Africa, Daily Email Recap

Tomorrow, at11:00am ET, you may be interested to participate and/or observe Population Reference Bureau’s hour-long online discussion of “Africa’s Demographic Challenges“. The panelists all hail from the Berlin Institute for Population and Development and the discussion is set to revolve around their 2011 study, whose sub-title is “How a young population can make development possible“.

To review the PRB program page, click here: http://discuss.prb.org/

To submit a question for consideration, click here: http://discuss.prb.org/content/interview/detail/6737/

To review the Berlin Institute for Population and Development’s webpage regarding the study in question, click here: http://www.berlin-institut.org/selected-studies/africas-demographic-challenges.html

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon (EDT) (GMT-4)

WHO: Reiner Klingholz, Director, Berlin Institute for Population and Development; and Tanja Kiziak and Manuel Slupina, Research Associates, Berlin Institute.

WHERE: Go to: http://discuss.prb.org. You may submit questions in advance and during the discussion. A full transcript of the questions and answers will be posted after the discussion.

Of the 48 least developed countries in the world, 33 are located in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, this region stands out with the highest birth rates in the world. By the year 2050, the number of people in the region may double, and by the end of the century it may even quadruple. The Berlin Institute’s study, Africa’s Demographic Challenges: How a Young Population Can Make Development Possible, reports on 103 current and former developing countries, showing that no single country has developed socioeconomically without a parallel decline in its birth rate.

If fertility decreases, a population’s age structure changes: Proportionally, there are fewer children and more people of working age. According to the theory of the “demographic dividend,” this favorable age structure can boost development. The experience of the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan), who translated their population boom in the working-age group into rapid economic growth, is proof of this dividend.

The Asian Tigers had a demographic starting point comparable to many sub-Saharan African countries today and were similarly less developed. Through massive investments into education, family planning, and the job market, these Asian countries managed to take advantage of their demographic dividend-an estimated one-third of the economic growth in East and Southeast Asia can be attributed to this dividend.

Join Reiner Klingholz, Tanja Kiziak, and Manuel Slupina from the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, as they answer your questions about Africa’s demographic challenges and opportunities.


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