Country Highlights offer point in time data on key indicators that are related to a nation’s ability to capture a demographic dividend. Data points are gathered from demographic, health, education, and economic domains: all crucial components of achieving a dividend. Trend data is used to show how certain dynamics in the country are changing.

Niger

Niger

If Niger prioritizes increased access to family planning and lower fertility levels, then the population age structure will begin to shift.

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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

If Burkina Faso makes substantial investments in reproductive health and family planning, the population age structure may begin to shift.

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Rwanda

Rwanda

Some of Rwanda’s greatest achievements have been its accomplishments in modern contraceptive users and rapid fertility reduction.

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Ghana

Ghana

One of Ghana’s greatest achievements has been its accomplishments in primary education levels for boys and girls.

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Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire

In Côte d’Ivoire, an estimated 18% of women use contraceptives to space or limit births and 12% use a modern method.

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Benin

Benin

If Benin makes substantial investments in reproductive health and family planning, fertility levels may continue to decline, and children will be more likely to achieve better basic levels of health.

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Nigeria

Nigeria

If fertility declines significantly, Nigeria may be able to experience the rapid economic growth known as a demographic dividend.

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Tanzania

Tanzania

Projections show that age structure in Tanzania could change significantly by 2050 – opening a window of opportunity for rapid economic growth.

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Senegal

Senegal

Use of modern contraceptives are on the rise in Senegal and the country is on a gradual path to a population age structure that may enable it to experience a demographic dividend.

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Uganda

Uganda

Stronger political commitment to family planning in Uganda will start to impact population structure.

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Zambia

Zambia

As of 2014, Zambia has a current population of 15.1 million, annual population growth rate of 3.4%, and 47% of Zambia’s population is under age 15.

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Mozambique

Mozambique

High fertility rates in Mozambique result in a population age structure with a greater proportion of young dependents compared to the working age population.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

If DRC prioritizes increased access to family planning and lower fertility levels, then the population age structure will begin to shift.

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Kenya

Kenya

Kenya’s working age population can grow faster than the population of children and elders if fertility continues to decline.

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is experiencing a sharp decline in fertility, shifting the population age structure, and creating a future window of opportunity for a demographic dividend.

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Photo: Rod Waddington