Young People in West and Central Africa: Health, demographic, education and socioeconomic indicators

Human Development

  • July 2018
  • General

By 2025, West and Central Africa (WCA) will not only have the largest number of young people globally but will also be the only region of the world where the population of young people will continue to grow. Protecting the lives and ensuring the well-being of these young people is a precondition for development and progress in the sub-region.
This fact sheet presents evidence on the situation of young people in WCA. It specifically addresses the health, economic, educational, demographic, and other conditions related to young people in the sub-region, and highlights essential evidence in the drive towards the region’s first demographic dividend and much-vaunted vision of shared prosperity for all its citizens.

Authors: Chimaraoke Izugbara, Frederick Wekesah, Joshua Amo-Adjei, Caroline Kabiru, Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene, and Jacques Emina. Read the full report at



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Frederick Murunga Wekesah

Frederick Murunga Wekesah is an epidemiologist and a researcher. He…

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