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Africa’s P — Population

Is Africa’s economy strained by its fast-growing population?

Is Africa's economy strained by its fast-growing population?


At 17 per 1,000, Africa’s death rate is the highest in the world (the next-highest is 11 per 1,000 in the former communist countries of Europe and Central Asia).

Worse, there was a strong upswing in death rates after 1997, reflecting the dreadful ravages of AIDS.

There is not yet a "demographic revolution” in which family size starts to decline — as other parts of the world have experienced.

That is likely the result of Africa's lack of development. For very poor people, large families are a method of social security.

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About Guy Pfeffermann

Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network. He was formerly the chief economist of the IFC. Follow him @GPfeffermann

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