How Booming Population Is Challenging Africa

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The world’s developed economies are facing a decline in fertility so pronounced that some will see their populations — and economies — shrink in years ahead. Sub-Saharan Africa faces the opposite situation: Its population has more than doubled in the past three decades and is expected to triple again by the end of this century. While the growing number of young, working-age people creates economic opportunities, it’s not clear how governments will manage the boom and whether the path to prosperity followed by other developing regions — shifting into manufacturing — is still available. Will the benefits of a more crowded Africa outweigh the drawbacks, or are its problems too dire and its governance too weak? Continue reading …

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