Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth

Wilson Center

Many countries in Africa boast a high youth population, with approximately 220 million people across the continent between the ages of 15 to 24. In fact, the IMF estimates that Africa will account for 80% of the increase in the global population over the next 80 years. This “youth bulge” can become a “demographic dividend” with effective investments in African youth to bolster economic growth and development.

While the potential for economic growth is significant, key barriers to achieving a demographic dividend in Africa persist. Youth face unique challenges, including access to education, high rates of unemployment, lack of political representation, and gender disparities. The misconception that youth in large populations perpetuate violence is an added issue for policymakers. What are the biggest challenges facing Africa’s youth today? How can African countries best support youth and harness the demographic dividend through education, skills development, and political and economic empowerment? How can international partners best support these efforts? How can the African diaspora and private sector be leveraged to empower youth and to encourage youth development?

Please join the African Ambassadors’ Group in partnership with the Wilson Center Africa Program for “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth,” a panel discussion on May 25th from 10:00am-12:00pm in the 6th floor auditorium at the Wilson Center. There will be a coffee reception at 10:00am, with the panel discussion beginning at 10:30am. This event is in celebration of Africa Day, a day honoring Africa’s independence.


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