by Kevin Watkins and Maria Quattri
ODI Research Reports and Studies, August 2016
Over the next 15 years, Africa will account for a fast-rising share of the world’s under-five population, adolescents, and new entrants to the work force. This has far-reaching implications for the age profile of global poverty. On current trends, it is estimated that by 2030 one-in-five African children will be living below the US$ 1.90 poverty threshold – and that these children could account for over 40% of world poverty. In this paper the authors examine the implications of demographic trends in Africa for the changing age profile of world poverty – and for the region’s development prospects.