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.