The Emerging Democratic Republic Of Congo: The Role of the Demographic Dividend

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced a period of sustained economic growth, averaging about 9 percent between 2013 and 2015. Although the DRC has made significant progress towards sustainable economic development, 88 percent of its inhabitants live on less than $1.25 a day. This wall chart, currently only available in French, explains how a demographic dividend can promote accelerated economic growth to improve the living conditions of Congolese citizens.

To succeed, the country needs to first focus on improving reproductive health indicators that will aid in lowering fertility, leading to a subsequent change in the age structure of the population. The number of working-age people must increase, and at the same time, births must decrease. In order for the DRC to see a more empowered working-age population, a multisectoral approach to national investments is key. From health care to job creation to improved education, calculated investments must be made in order to advance development and realize a demographic dividend in the DRC.

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