The Demographic Dividend in Africa Relies on Investments in the Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents and Youth

by Elizabeth Gay, Marlene Lee, Prudence Ngwenya et al.
Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Policy Brief, February 2017

24 pp. 1.0 MB

A demographic dividend can occur during a window of opportunity created by reductions in child mortality and a demographic shift to fewer dependent people relative to working-age individuals. The full realization of the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescents and youth (ages 10 to 24) can facilitate gains in their health, well-being, and educational attainment. Long-term investments in the health of adolescents and youth, including in their sexual and reproductive health, can help accelerate economic growth when combined with the appropriate investments in education and economic planning. This report lays out the importance of youth SRHR to a demographic dividend and points to key investments that can protect and improve SRHR for adolescents and youth.

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