Opportunities and challenges facing Africa's growing population

Youth unemployment and fertility rates are key issues (photo:dpa)
Youth unemployment and fertility rates are key issues (photo:dpa)

Many countries in Africa are experiencing unprecedented growth, in part as a result of the spending power that comes with a big increase in population. But the growth in numbers of people also brings significant risks. The second in a two-part series on Africa’s population growth looks at the benefits and the risks which could come with it.

AFRICA is becoming more populous and richer. It has experienced unprecedented and uninterrupted economic growth for the past three decades.

Annual population growth is estimated to be two per cent, while the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is expected to grow on average by two to 2.5 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according t...

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