The Demographic Profile of African Countries
Africa’s demographic dynamics are shaping its present and future development agenda. Perhaps the greatest and most fundamental challenge is to address the economic and social development issues of a continent that will be home to 1.5 billion people in the next 10 years.
The data used in the report are taken from World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision (http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp).
Estimates of fertility, mortality and migration estimates are calculated and updated biennially by the United Nations Population Division. These demographic estimates are based on the most recently available data sources. Original data are collected from countries’ national sources such as vital registration statistics records, sample registration systems, surveillance systems, censuses and demographic surveys. The report highlights the current demographic scenario on the continent and goes on to suggest broader social and development policy implications.