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How Are African Youth Doing? Interactive Map Helps Visualize Progress and Challenges

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What can be done to help African youth improve their prospects for a brighter future?

The first step might be to understand the challenges they face.

Recently, Microsoft Chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates wrote a terrific piece in the Wall Street Journal on why we need to measure the world’s problems to solve them. “You can achieve incredible progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal…,” said Gates.

That’s true.We need reliable information that can help 3 billion young people—nearly half of the world’s population—under the age of 25, according to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), a Washington D.C- based nonprofit organization that “informs people around the world about population, health and the environment.”

PRB collaborated with United Nations Population Fund, an international development agency that conducts major national and demographic surveys and population censuses, to develop an interactive map about young people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The map profiles 45 countries, helping to visualize statistics on education, employment, gender and reproductive health, among other issues.

Explore the map below and tell us how you would use this information to help young people.