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Demographic Dividend

Helping countries achieve accelerated population-driven economic growth


The Gates Institute partners with a consortium of researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health and the National Transfers Account of the University of Hawaii, and University of California Berkeley to address key research and policy questions related to the Demographic Dividend (DD). 

The Institute has also organized international gatherings on the DD and worked with the Population Reference Bureau, the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa to produce a demographic dividend report and briefs to better assist policy makers in understanding issues around the DD.

Country Highlights offer point in time data on key indicators that are related to a nation’s ability to capture a demographic dividend. Data points are gathered from demographic, health, education, and economic domains: all crucial components of achieving a dividend. Trend data is used to show how certain dynamics in the country are changing.

Data are key to informing and driving policy and program changes around the world. High quality data — collected frequently, turned – around quickly, and locally owned — help decision makers understand what is working, and what is not, enabling decisions that are more sensitive and responsive to evolving needs.





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Demographic Dividend Effort Index

The Demographic Dividend Effort Index is a robust tool that takes researchers, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and program implementers through a process of assessing local efforts in high-impact policies and programs.

The demographic dividend refers to the accelerated economic growth of a country that begins with changes in the age structure.

Decreased fertility and improved health can lead to a shift in the age structure of a population, decreasing the ratio of dependents to working adults. In conjunction with other important factors, this reduced dependency ratio can open the door for a period of economic growth termed the demographic dividend.

Following the global Demographic Dividend (DD) research, advocacy and communications efforts, the majority of the African Union member states have made remarkable progress integrating the DD into their development plans.

The progress has elucidated the need for performance assessment tools, platforms to document best practices, and lessons learned to harness the DD.