Africa’s youth: A boon or time bomb?

Of the 10 countries that have the world’s fastest birth rates, nine of them are in Africa – and most of those are in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the next few decades, the continent will be the world’s biggest source of young people. What does that mean for Africa? Could it mean a massive boost to the sub-Saharan economy, as young populations are usually associated with faster growth? Or could it mean an equally massive disappointment, as millions of young people wanting education and jobs come up against poverty and disappointment – and make their feelings known in a wave of unrest? Discussion by Richard Walker.