Africa’s ‘Demographic Dividend’ Won’t Pay Off Without Purpose and Policy

Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque in Kano, northern Nigeria, Feb. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque in Kano, northern Nigeria, Feb. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).

For anyone interested in understanding the global economy of the recent past or in projecting the shape of things to come in world affairs in the near future, there are few fundamentals that condition the lives of nations more powerfully than population dynamics. The past 50 years have served up this lesson repeatedly, most recently with the rise of China. Riding on the back of a dramatic bulge in the number of freshly educated young people who teemed onto the workshop floors of the innumerable industries that were just then being thrown together, China turned itself into the so-called factory […]

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