African billionaire Mo Ibrahim wants frank family planning debate — Quartz Africa


Africa’s population is rapidly growing: from an estimated 140 million in 1900 to one billion in 2010, it is expected to hit four billion by 2100—or a third of all people on earth.

And the impact of these fast-rising numbers is already showing, says the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in a new study. The Ibrahim Index, which ranks African countries on a broad spectrum of indicators including rule of law, safety economic, political and human rights, says governments are falling short in improving the business environment to employ their growing, and mostly young, populations.

The study notes that almost half of Africa’s citizens (43.2%) live in a country where sustainable economic opportunities have declined in the last decade. And even as political governance, human rights, and economies gradually…

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