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September 18, 2018

Bill and Melinda Gates on the 'single biggest determinant' of progress on the SDGs (Devex)

By Catherine Cheney 

From the article: 

SEATTLE — Rapid population growth, particularly in Africa, represents the greatest threat to progress in reducing global poverty, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose founders are calling for greater investments in human capital to transform the youth bulge into a development opportunity.

“The reason we started our foundation is that current trends don’t have to continue,” Bill and Melinda Gates, the billionaire co-chairs of the largest private foundation in the world, wrote in their second annual Goalkeepers report, released on Tuesday. “We believe — and history proves — that poor countries can chart a new course by investing in their young people.” 

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In the report, Alex Ezeh, a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, referred to population issues as the elephant in the room when it comes to conversations about Africa. 

“I think about the future of my continent in terms of three questions: Are Africans healthy? Do they have access to a good education? And do they have opportunities to apply their skills?” he wrote in an essay included in this year’s Goalkeepers. 

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September 18, 2018

Africa needs family planning, education to address unsustainable population growth – Report (Premium Times)

By Ayodamola Owoseye 

From the article: 

Booming population will become a problem for Africa by 2050 if the continent does not begin to seriously promote family planning, a report has warned.

This warning was contained in the Goalkeeper data report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation ahead of the Goalkeepers event in New York.

It showed that African population is beginning to overstretch the low infrastructural facilities in the continent, leading to mass migration to European countries.

The Goalkeepers report is released annually by the foundation to measure progress towards UN poverty reducing goals in 2030 based on assessment of 18 indicators. 

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Also in the report, Alex Ezeh, visiting Fellow, Centre for Global Development, said Africa needs to bring back talks about population control because most women in sub-Saharan Africa have an average of 0.7 more children than they want. 

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