Governments must to help young people build a future by investing in their health and education.”
Bill Gates, philanthropist services more available — will significantly improve the wellbeing of women and countries.
The average age at first birth for women in Africa is significantly lower than in any other region. Currently, it is 20 or younger in half of the countries on the continent.
“This scenario does not have anything to do with women having fewer children. It just has to do with when they start having them,” says the Goalkeepers report.
The study looked at the challenges presented by the demographics of extreme poverty. It explored what it will take in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunity to position Africa's booming youth population to transform the continent.
It examined the success of Zimbabwe's programme on HIV/AIDS and considered how to build on it.
It found that one of the keys to keeping development going is to slow down the rapid rate of population growth.
But population issues are so difficult to talk about that the development community has ignored them for years.
“For most African countries, the outlook is positive. For example, Ethiopia, once the global poster-child for famine, is projected to almost eliminate extreme poverty by 2050. The challenge is that within Africa, poverty is concentrating in a handful of very fast-growing countries,” says the report.
“To continue improving the human condition, our task now is to help create opportunities in Africa's fastest growing, poorest countries. This means investing in young people. Specifically, investing in their health and education, or what economists call ‘human capital',” it adds.