Past eventResearch Event

Population Growth and Demographic Trends: Implications for African States and Regions

26 September 2012 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Clarissa Azkoul, Chief of Mission, IOM UK
Deborah Potts, Reader, King's College London
Deborah Sporton, Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Manager, Africa Programme, Chatham House 



By some estimates Africa's population may double to 2.3 billion people over the next forty years, making up about half of total global population growth. During that time it has been suggested that Africa will make the transition from a rural to a predominantly urban society, with the largest cities on the continent, Lagos and Kinshasa, growing to 15 million people by 2025, and others such as Dar es Salaam reaching 7 million. With climate change, migration, economic growth and health issues further impacting these shifts, the speakers will consider the implications of this for policy-makers over the next ten years.

There will be a coffee reception from 10:00.