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THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA
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Africa, Sustainable Development, African Development, African Integration, Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa, Sustainable Development, African Development, African Integration, Sub-Saharan Africa

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The fertility rate for all of sub-Saharan #Africa today is about 5.1 births per woman. Throughout the region, fertility rates today are significantly lower in cities than in rural areas. In all but five East African countries, less than half of the women report not wanting any more children. https://www.unfpa.org/swop-2018
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High fertility leads to high rates of population growth and a disproportionate share of the population aged 15 years or younger. Because of continued high fertility, subSaharan #Africa will contribute more than half of the anticipated growth in world population from now until 2050 -that is, 1.3 billion people out of the 2.2 billion that will be added worldwide. Africa’s share of the world population will grow from 17% in 2017 to 26% in 2050. https://www.unfpa.org/swop-2018
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Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history. Of 43 countries of the world with fertility of four or more births per woman today, 38 are in #Africa. https://www.unfpa.org/swop-2018
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The Next 100 African Startups Initiative will select 100 promising African start-ups to participate in the #Africa 2018 Forum on December 8-10. Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem has grown rapidly over the past decade, thanks to growing momentum among its entrepreneurs and increased collaboration between a number of key regional entities. This has resulted in a significantly enhanced ecosystem and more funding opportunities. http://next100africanstartups.com/
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Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. 783 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, mostly in two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan #Africa http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/index.shtml
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Projections remain favorable for emerging Asia and emerging Europe, excluding Turkey, but are tepid for Latin America, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan #Africa, where despite the ongoing recovery the medium-term outlook for commodity exporters remains generally subdued, with a need for further economic diversification and fiscal adjustment.
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The vastly unequal distribution of opportunities in the world - both within and between countries - is bound to continue driving migration, internal and international. Rural migration will remain a large component of these migration flows. The differences in opportunities also imply that migration has the potential to contribute to economic, social and human development. #Africa #WFD2018 #ZeroHunger http://www.fao.org/home/en/
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World Food Day is on 16 October. 821 million people suffer chronic undernourishment, At the same time, obesity levels are rising rapidly and many countries experience the double burden of hunger and obesity. 1.9 billion people are overweight, 672 million of whom are obese. But the world can achieve #ZeroHunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and take account of best practices and lessons learned. #Africa #WFD2018
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The International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15 October. The theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. #Africa http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/rural-women-day
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Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Celebrated annually on October 15 is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. #Africa https://globalhandwashing.org/
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