It’s not all gloomy

Public Sector Manager - - Feature -

Be­fore you think the con­ti­nent's fu­ture is gloomy, note that the WEF pro­vides a few num­bers that prove the fu­ture is African.

54 per cent: Africa will ac­count for more than half (54 per cent) of the 2.4 bil­lion global pop­u­la­tion growth in com­ing decades.The United Na­tions pre­dicts that be­tween 2015 and 2050, Africa will add 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple, more than dou­bling its cur­rent pop­u­la­tion of 1.2 bil­lion.

As part of the con­ti­nent's phe­nom­e­nal pop­u­la­tion growth, the United Na­tions Chil­dren's Fund (UNICEF) pre­dicts that two bil­lion ba­bies will be born in Africa over the next 33 years.

High fer­til­ity and im­prov­ing child sur­vival rates mean that by 2050, 40 per cent of un­der-fives and more than a third of all chil­dren un­der 18 will be African. In 1950, only about 10 per cent of the world's chil­dren were African (Fig­ures pro­vided by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum). –

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