Africa’s demographic dividend is an opportunity: development cooperation stakeholders share views

Rome - Wednesday 23 May, at the Aldo Moro Hall in the Farnesina headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, featured the international seminar "Migration and Demographic Dividend: Mobility of Sub-Saharan Africa". The event was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with the support of our Agency and the collaboration of the Italian Association for Women’s Development (AIDOS).

The seminar was attended by Italian and international experts who illustrated social and economic data, trends and policies relating to the challenges and opportunities of the demographic dividend in sub-Saharan Africa, and on its links with migration dynamics. The event was opened by the Director General of Development Cooperation, Giorgio Marrapodi: "The goal is to unlock the social and economic potential of a population with the highest percentage of young people ever seen in history. It is imperative that we focus our action, our resources and our commitment to putting these young people in a position to fully express their human, social and economic potential, for their benefit and for that of their communities."

In his speech, Emilio Ciarlo, AICS communication manager, referred to the objectives of the Agenda 2030 in Africa: "To reach the SDGs, we need substantial investments in the health and education sectors, which are highly crucial areas that allow countries in demographic transition to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the so-called" demographic dividend." The Italian