Chal­lenges for a youth­ful con­ti­nent

Finweek English Edition - - IN BRIEF - Gen­er­a­tion 2030

Africa will have the youngest pop­u­la­tion in the world by the end of the cen­tury. Poli­cies of each African coun­try should be geared to­wards mak­ing the con­ti­nent more youth-friendly and ad­dress is­sues such as rapid pop­u­la­tion growth and ur­ban­i­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Unicef

re­port. Other is­sues that should be ad­dressed in­clude the high rates of ado­les­cent preg­nan­cies ex­pected over the next 15 years. In coun­tries such as Niger, where child mar­riage of girls un­der the age of 18 is at 76%, it is im­por­tant that women’s rights are cen­tral to change and growth in the re­gion.

It is also im­per­a­tive to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to Nige­ria as it is ex­pected to have the high­est num­ber of births on the con­ti­nent. By 2050, one in ev­ery 11 of the world’s ba­bies will be born in Nige­ria, which will ex­pe­ri­ence more than 360m births in the next 35 years.

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