A billion Africans under 18 by mid-century: More jobs, or more angry youth?
Arguments that a large African labor pool brings growth through expanded light manufacturing, is belied by the fact that African labor markets aren’t now absorbing a vast and growing supply of workers.
A recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) forecasts that if current trends persist, one in every four people on the planet will be African by the year 2100.
Even accounting for a decline in fertility brought on by greater prosperity, UNICEF predicts that by 2050 alone, the number of Africans under the age of eighteen may swell to around one billion.
The report concludes that more emphasis must be placed on access to reproductive health services, girls’ education, and vital statistics systems.
Such numbers should inform development strategies and common perceptions on the African continent.
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