In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘Population growth and its implications for ACP rural development’, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016 : Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, 2016

The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, produced by the World Bank Group in partnership with the International Monetary Fund, comes at an inflection point in both the setting of global development goals and the demographic trends affecting those goals. This year marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while the World Bank Group has in parallel articulated the twin goals of sustainably ending extreme poverty and sharing prosperity. This report presents the latest global poverty numbers, based on the 2011 purchasing power parity (PPP) data, and examines the pace of development progress through the lens of the evolving global development goals.

Fighting poverty in an era of demographic change, October 2015

Demographic change is an opportunity for developed and developing economies alike, to combat poverty but also as a means of achieving long-term economic stability. In order to harness the potential that demographic change presents, countries must gear their policies towards “growth, investment and insurance”, which address the very critical demographic phenomenon of an aging labour force in most industrialized economies, and in developing economies, a large youth population that needs to be integrated into the work force. Here is the presentation.

Prospects for Imminent Demographic Dividend in Africa, March 014

This UNU-WIDER paper looks at the prospects of a demographic dividend in Africa. The report shows the conditions that are conducive to faster fertility decline and the policies that could allow the region to exploit the demographic window of opportunity. These include economic development, social modernization, mortality decline and a rise in ‘natural’ fertility, as well as investments in voluntary family planning. The  report notes that Africa is well placed to benefit from the economic implications of a demographic dividend due to the historical and cultural acceptance of women in the labour force.

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