The demographic dividend—the prospect for accelerated economic growth driven by a country’s maturing age structure—has captivated the attention of policymakers around the world. Yet challenges persist in reaching new decisionmakers, including subnational decisionmakers, with evidence and information about the benefits of age structure change across different sectors. PACE has been working to expand the concept of the demographic dividend, showing how age structure change opens a window of opportunity to attain benefits—or dividends—in four sectors: health, education, the economy, and political stability. Since 2018, PACE has partnered with the National Population Council (NPC) Uganda and NPC Ghana to create powerful advocacy materials that use the four dividends findings to demonstrate the importance of investment in voluntary family planning and human capital development in subnational development plans and budgets.

Achieving national goals to transform into a modern and prosperous upper-middle income country starts with accelerating the change in a country’s population age structure. Investment in human capital is key, beginning with expanding access to voluntary family planning services. In Ghana and Uganda, young people dominate the population age structure—or the share of the population in each age group—with almost 38% of Ghanaians and almost half of Ugandans below age 15. Both countries can shift this high child dependency by empowering women to achieve their reproductive goals. When women and couples have access to voluntary family planning, they have fewer children and are better able to provide for each child. In addition to voluntary family planning, to achieve a demographic dividend and reach the national economic goals, Ghana and Uganda must make additional investments in human capital development—especially health and education—as well as the economy and good governance.

Uganda

Uganda’s Vision 2040 Strategy envisions a path to transform into a modern and prosperous upper-middle income country by the year 2040. Building a Stronger Uganda Through Investment in People showcases Uganda’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap, which outlines the interventions needed to harness the demographic dividend and achieve Vision 2040 targets.

Building a Stronger Uganda Through Investment in People was developed under the leadership of NPC Uganda, with strategic inputs by the Demographic Dividend Sector Working Group. The narrated video is accompanied by an action-oriented fact sheet summarizing interventions needed to harness the dividend.

 

Ghana

Turning the Wheels Towards Sustainable Development showcases the interventions necessary to harness the demographic dividend and accelerate Ghana’s path to become a modern and prosperous country.

Turning the Wheels Towards Sustainable Development was developed under the leadership of NPC Ghana and produced by Almoviser Production Company with support from PRB. The narrated video is accompanied by an action-oriented fact sheet summarizing interventions needed to harness the dividend.

 

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