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How will a Population Boom Change Africa?

Geoff Riley

13th September 2015

According to some forecasts, by the end of the century, 40% of people on our planet will be African. This article from the BBC news site is well worth reading for the four different perspectives on population growth on the African continent.

Hans Rosling is on good form alerting us to the fact that the female fertility rate in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) is actually lower than London.

Demographic factors have important growth and development implications, so we recommend students add this to their wider enrichment reading.

I have added some charts on African population growth and forecasts that might be useful as background context.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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