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With almost 60 per cent of its people aged below 25 years, Africa is home to the world’s youngest population. This is an asset! It represents a huge workforce in waiting, one that must be nurtured and protected above and beyond. 

According to Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Global Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), AMREF Health Africa, now more than ever, youth are actively dismantling barriers to development and social justice through innovation and accountability in a way that only young people can. 

The challenges 

AMREF’s recently launched Health Africa Global Youth and Adolescent Strategy 2021...

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Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with almost 60 per cent of its population under the age of 25 according to data from various sources including the UN.

And the UN’s demographic projections in 2019 showed that the median age in Africa would be 19.8 in 2020.

By 2100, projections show that Africa’s youth population could be equivalent to twice Europe’s entire population. Therein lies a huge problem if it is left unaddressed but a great opportunity if governments harness resources to empower this burgeoning population.

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On a greater scale, Africa will soon be home to more than two billion people making up one-third of the global population.

While population growth in Africa’s sub-Saharan countries continues on an upward trend, the region remains the poorest in the world. There are many issues including violent conflicts which have hampered development, weakened civil society …