A Demographic Dividend for Tanzania? Youth Engagement in Policy Formation
Speaker: Nesia Mahenge, Acting Country Manager, British Council Tanzania
Discussant: Constantine Manda, Department of Political Science, Yale University
Chair: Adjoa Anyimadu, Research Associate, Africa Programme, Chatham House
At current rates of growth, Tanzania’s population of 53.5 million is projected to increase by more than fivefold by 2100, making it one of the 10 largest countries in the world by the end of this century. This large population will also be very young – the average Tanzanian today is 17 years old.
As the country’s youth reach working age they will wield significant economic and political influence. For political leaders, laying the groundwork for improving outcomes for this population is crucial to ensure that it has both the capacity and opportunity to contribute to a positive future trajectory for Tanzania.
This event will launch the British Council report Next Generation: Youth Voices in Tanzania. Speakers will outline the report’s findings and will discuss how the views of Tanzania’s youth can be incorporated into policy.