Demographic dividend is the acceleration of economic growth when the age structure of the population changes. It occurs when there are more active working people than dependents, such as those between 0-15 and over 65.
Achieving the demographic dividend requires significant and strategic investments in health, education, economic policy and good governance.
Africa is growing and the youth are at the centre of its future. In 32 African countries, more than 40 per cent of the population is under 15 years of age. Demographic dividend is one of the priorities of the African Union for the next 50 years.