Africa's Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend

  • Hans Groth
  • John F. May

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Hans Groth, John F. May
    Pages 1-8
  3. Sub-Saharan Africa’s Population: Country and Regional Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Emmanuel Jimenez, Muhammad Ali Pate
      Pages 33-51
    3. David Shapiro, Basile O. Tambashe, Anatole Romaniuk
      Pages 71-86
    4. Jean-François Kobiané, Moussa Bougma
      Pages 113-129
    5. Gervais Beninguisse, Liliane Manitchoko
      Pages 131-145
    6. Hamidou Issaka Maga, Jean-Pierre Guengant
      Pages 147-164
    7. John F. May, Jean-Pierre Guengant, Vincent Barras
      Pages 165-177
  4. Drivers of the Demographic Dividend

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Bruno Schoumaker
      Pages 197-211
    3. Dominique Meekers, Anastasia J. Gage
      Pages 251-265
    4. Bruno Masquelier, Almamy Malick Kanté
      Pages 267-281
    5. Thomas Zeltner, Farhad Riahi, Jonas Huber
      Pages 283-297
    6. Alan Whiteside, Nick Zebryk
      Pages 299-313
    7. Blessing Mberu, Donatien Béguy, Alex C. Ezeh
      Pages 315-332
    8. Nikola Sander, Elin Charles-Edwards
      Pages 333-349
  5. Development Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Anna Zuber, Christian Blickenstorfer, Hans Groth
      Pages 367-384
    3. Daniel J. Mabrey
      Pages 385-401
  6. Assembling Sub-Saharan Africa’s Jigsaw

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 433-433
    2. Scott Moreland, Elizabeth Leahy Madsen
      Pages 453-467
    3. Siri Aas Rustad, Gudrun Østby, Henrik Urdal
      Pages 483-496
    4. Hans Groth, John F. May
      Pages 497-501
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 503-526

About this book


This book examines the promises as well as the challenges the demographic dividend brings to sub-Saharan Africa as fertility rates in the region fall and the labor force grows. It offers a detailed analysis of what conditions must be met in order for the region to take full economic advantage of ongoing population dynamics. As the book makes clear, the region will need to accelerate reforms to cope with its demographic transition, in particular the decline of fertility. The continent will need to foster human capital formation through renewed efforts in the areas of education, health and employment. This will entail a true vision and determination on the part of African leaders and their development partners. The book will help readers to gain solid knowledge of the demographic trends and provide insights into socioeconomic policies that eventually might lead sub-Saharan Africa into a successful future.

« Africa needs a serious dialogue on population, the demographic transition, and the demographic dividend. This book with its comprehensive approach to the subject, makes an invaluable contribution. A must read for policymakers and development practitioners. »

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance Minister of Nigeria and former Managing Director of The World Bank.

 « Everyone concerned about human welfare in sub-Saharan Africa should know about the demographic dividend, what it is, what causes it and how to strengthen it. This volume provides an excellent summary of these crucial issues. The sooner policymakers pay attention and take the proper actions, the better. »

John Bongaarts, Vice President of the Population Council

 « There is no more important socio-economic issue for this century than that of whether Africa's currently rapid population growth turns out to be a dividend or a curse. As a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the potential and the challenges, this book deserves to be widely read and debated. »

Bill Emmott, former Editor-in-Chief of The Economist

« This book is of utmost strategic relevance for any globally active company. For Africa in particular, the role of demographic change and the potential economic opportunities are all too often disregarded. »

Reto Francioni, Chairman SWISS International Airlines, former CEO Deutsche Börse


Demographic Dividend Demographic patterns and trends Demographic transition Fertility Socioeconomic policies Sub-Saharan Africa Population policies Geopolitics Women's Education Governance & transparency

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Groth
    • 1
  • John F. May
    • 2
  1. 1.World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum)St. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Population Reference Bureau (PRB)Washington, DCUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46887-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46889-1
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