Cross posted from the IC4D Blog
Back in June I rushed to take a front seat at one of the World Bank conference rooms to hear Dr. Hans Rosling speak. We had met years ago in Moldova, and just like last time, his talk was sharp, funny and full of “aha” moments.
He unveiled what the future holds: the global population will almost double by 2100, with Africa—a continent where I have worked for the last five years—leading in explosive population growth between 2015 and 2050.
Today, African governments struggle to deliver basic services to their people—including and particularly to the very poor and marginalized—across sectors, most notably health, sanitation, and education. Food security is likewise a crucial issue for the region, as are so many others: environmental sustainability, disaster risk management, economic development and others.