The demographic dividend; new production revolution; shifting wealth patterns; accelerated urban transition; and climate change and the green economy are the mega-trends that will influence this continent’s future, claims the latest analysis in the report “Africa’s Development Dynamics — Growth, Jobs and Inequalities”, compiled by the African Union Commission in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). By 2063, Africa will constitute 30% of the global population with 3-billion inhabitants, more than doubling the current population of 1.25-billion. More than that, it will be that region of the world with the most youthful population. What we do now will determine whether this computes into a demographic dividend or a demographic burden. For an already under-serviced continent with respect to the basic needs of water, sanitation, energy, health and nutritional security, the prospect of the population doubling in the next half-century is daunt...

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