The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Karen Hardee and Elizabeth Leahy Madsen
Primary Language: English
This presentation of the demographic dividend and implications for Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries was given at the 2nd Nigeria National Family Planning Conference in Abuja, November 27-December 1, 2012. The demographic dividend is an opportunity for higher economic growth rates that occurs due to changes in the structure of a country’s population. In order for the dividend to be achieved, countries first have to open the “window of opportunity” by promoting demographic change. At the same time, they have to capitalize on the demographic opportunity through socioeconomic policies. The presentation reviews current demographic indicators for Nigeria, highlighting comparisons with other countries that have opened the window of opportunity and achieved the dividend, as well as presents some of the policy investments required now and in the future.