Category Archives: Family Planning

Africa: 800 Million Jobs Needed

African economies are in a race to get ahead of the demographic boom. Let us share without fear the journey of migrants and refugees. #ShareJourney — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 27, 2017 “Let us share without fear the journey of … Continue reading

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In One Chart: Achieving the Demographic Dividend

The experience of China provides a useful policy template for countries with booming populations in south and southeast Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa. The Chinese boom showed that a growing working-age population combined with a declining fertility ratio can result in a large demographic dividend if certain conditions … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, BRIC countries, China, Demography, Economy, Education, Family Planning, India, Investment, Nigeria, Society, Sub-Saharan, Trade, Urbanization

How Many People Will Live in Africa in 2050 and 2100?

Large declines in fertility will depend on raising female literacy above 80%. Every few years, the United Nations Population Division releases demographic projections for the entire world and for every country, region and continent. Although the UN’s database is the most used source on demographics, … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Analysis and Opinion, Asia, China, Demography, Economy, Education, Emerging Markets, Family Planning, India, Investment, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan, Uganda, United Nations, Urbanization, World Bank

China’s Demographics at a Turning Point

For decades, the decline in China’s birth rate was a big boost for the economy. What now? This week, schadenfreude could have been a word invented for China experts if you judge by some of the commentary surrounding the country’s lifting of its one-child policy. Most … Continue reading

Posted in BRIC countries, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Family Planning, India

USA: Proposal for Social Security Reform and Medicare Modernization

The BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE, an association of CEO’s of leading US companies released proposals to reform Social Security and Medicare.  Among its recommendations  are an increase of the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 70 and means-testing of Social Security … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Family Planning, Pension Funds, Retirement, United States, US Congress, US Economy, US Federal Budget

Tanzania Population 45 Million, Annual Growth 2.7%

The population of Tanzania grew by 10.5 million people in the last decade.  That is a 30.4% increase in ten years, or an annual rate of 2.7%, one of the highest in the world. ROSE ATHUMANI writes in the TANZANIA … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Demography, Family Planning, Sub-Saharan, Tanzania

U.S. Birth Rate Hits Record Low

STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI writes in NATIONAL JOURNAL: The U.S. birth rate dropped to its lowest level since the beginning of the Great Depression, led by a drop among immigrants, according to a report data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. In 2011, the … Continue reading

Posted in Family Planning, Immigration, United States

Tanzanians Warned Against High Population Growth

ISSA YUSSUF writes in ALLAFRICA.COM: Zanzibar — PRESIDENT Ali Mohamed Shein, on Wednesday warned Tanzanians against high population growth, saying the government might fail to distribute the benefits of national economic growth unless the population growth of over three per cent … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Demography, Family Planning, Sub-Saharan, Tanzania

UNFPA State of World Population 2012

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report today, State of World Population 2012: By Choice, Not by Chance, in which it calls family planning a human right: “Family planning is a human right. Yet today some 222 million women in … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Asia, Emerging Markets, Family Planning, Sub-Saharan, United Nations

Plans to Tame Kenya’s Exploding Population

The government has plans to reduce the total fertility rate from 4.6 to 2.6 children per woman. EDITH FORTUNATE writes in AFRICA REVIEW: Ann Wafula, 30, patiently waits to see the gynaecologist at Gilead Medical Centre, situated in the upmarket … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Demography, Emerging Markets, Family Planning, Health Care, Kenya, Sub-Saharan