Africa’s P — Population
Is Africa’s economy strained by its fast-growing population?
February 23, 2005
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.
Founder and CEO, Global Business School Network Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network. He was the Director of the Economics Department and Chief Economist for the International Finance Corporation from 1988-2003. Since 2003, he has served as the Director of the Global Business School Network of International Finance […]