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Educating all girls is key for global population size - EU Demographic Scenarios

Increasing girls' education is key for the future of population growth in Africa and the world

  • If trends continue as they are now, the world population will reach 9.6 billion people in 2060.
  • The global population growth is highly impacted by population growth in Africa.
  • Improvements in reproductive health and female education can work together to lower the desired family size and make it easier to get access to efficient contraception, leading to lower fertility.
  • The payoff is high for policies focusing on education, because it both reduces fertility and increases skills and economic productivity. This could create a virtuous circle of women’s empowerment, better health, lower fertility and economic growth.
Infographic: Girls' education matters greatly for the future of world population growth. By 2060 the world populaiton will be 2.3 billion larger than today with Africa contributing 57% of this growth.
Girls' education matters greatly for the future of world population growth. By 2060 the world populaiton will be 2.3 billion larger than today with Africa contributing 57% of this growth.

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