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Achieving the Demographic Dividend in Malawi
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Author(s): Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

Primary Language: English

Date: 4/30/2012


The demographic dividend is an important opportunity for economic development that arises through population change. As fertility rates fall and the share of working-age adults rises, the dividend can boost economic growth and productivity, raising incomes and allowing families and governments to invest more in the health, education, and well-being of future generations. There is the potential for a dividend in Malawi based on demographic trends such as its age structure and dependency ratio. To open the window of opportunity and achieve a demographic dividend, sustained and integrated investments in demographic, economic, and social policies and programs are required beginning today.

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