International Development

Jumpstarting Economic Growth with the Demographic Dividend

April 11, 2013  • Institute Contributor

On April 8, the Institute’s Global Health and Development program hosted a panel to discuss the window of opportunity referred to as the demographic dividend: when fertility rates decline and policy investments increase across sectors—such as health, education, finance and security— to jumpstart economic growth. Experts believe that this combination of drop in fertility rates and increase in policy investments could hold the key to helping today’s low-income countries lift billions of people from poverty and set a sustainable course for development.

The discussion featured the World Bank’s Shanta Devarajan, the African Institute for Development Policy’s Eliya Zulu and USAID’s Steve Feldstein. Scroll down for some important goals from the panel, and watch the full talk here.

Eliya Zulu

Shanta Devarajan