Demographic Transition in Africa

How to support the harnessing of Africa’s potential demographic dividend through international collaboration

In 2019 the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) hosted its 10th and 11th Labs in Accra, Ghana and Berlin, Germany respectively focusing on “Global Power Shifts: Political and Economic Inclusion for the Next Generation. Collaborating to Realize the Potential of the Demographic Dividend.” The question of how to support the harnessing of Africa’s potential demographic dividend through international collaboration was the challenge of the 2019 Curriculum. Among some of the issues that were identified as challenges in fostering collaboration towards a demographic dividend in Africa were the need for strategic diversity management, trustworthy cooperation between Europe and Africa, more effective use of data and building more inclusive and equitable African cities.

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Participants

One of the key outcomes of this process was the development of a compendium of essays by GDL members on global lessons, opportunities and dynamics related to youth and population dynamics including the demographic transition currently occurring in Africa. Do young people engage in political processes? How? What impact does their engagement have?

The book was launched on the 29th of January 2021 and now offers an opportunity for deeper engagement on perspectives shared by the contributors.


Lines of Inquiry

Building upon the Global Diplomacy Lab’s 2019 curriculum and the recently published compendium of essays on demographic dividend Nahari Africa hosted a panel at the Rethinking Africa Convening on 25th February 2021, diving deeper into the question of the impact of Africa’s population growth on human insecurity, electoral integrity and democratic violence.

Nahari is a collective of changemakers applying innovative approaches to create safe spaces for collaborative decision making, communal knowledge exchange, and shared learning. At Nahari we focus on working collaboratively to develop inclusive processes and interventions that address complex challenges. We believe our most challenging problems represent wonderful opportunities for diverse stakeholders to come together and work towards common goals that deliver common goods.

We asked a political leader: "Are young people involved in political processes in Africa? What impact does their involvement have?"

Honorable Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP, the chairman of APNAC Ghana and Board Member of APNAC Africa and GOPAC, sent us this response.

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....and we spoke to a young person involved in political processes....

Patrick Mpedzisi had an in-depth conversation with Nerima Wako-Ojiwa which is captured in this video.

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How to get engaged

If you should be interested in taking part in this dialogue, please approach Elizabeth Maloba and Patrick Mpedzisi at africa.nahari@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Maloba and Patrick Mpedzisi, Nahari Africa

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