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Africa’s large youth population has given rise to a debate...

...about how the continent can benefit from a demographic dividend in the coming years. However, to date the rapid population increase in Africa has not been matched with growth in jobs raising concerns that it could equally result in increased instability.

Africa is the youngest continent in the world today. While national populations in most parts of the world are aging, young people are now in the majority in many African countries. Whether they live in the cities and towns of a rapidly urbanizing Africa, or in rural villages and settlements; whether they come from middle-class backgrounds or from vulnerable families that are living in poverty, one thing is certain — these young people have high expectations, and African policy makers are increasingly concerned about how to meet them.

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