Kristen Carey, a PhD candidate in the Department of History and a 2018 Graduate Summer Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently authored an article in The Conversation exploring population growth in Africa, the history of family planning policies in Tanzania, and the connection between demography and development.
Despite a history of promoting family planning, the average woman in Tanzania has five children, about double the global average. Since Tanzania gained independence from Britain in 1961, its population has grown from around 10 million to almost 60 million today, and the country currently has one of the world’s highest birth rates, causing fear that adequate housing, health care, and education will be difficult to provide. But as Carey points out, “the relationship between population growth and economic development is murkier than international organizations like the UN have long thought,” adding that “some developing countries believe that a huge workforce and consumer pool could give them a global advantage” in the face of extremely low fertility rates across much of Europe.
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The Conversation is a non-profit online publication featuring articles written by academics and intended for the general public. In July, the 2018 Graduate Summer Fellows met with Ari Fertig, The Conversation‘s University Relations Manager. Click here to learn more about the Pardee Center’s Graduate Summer Fellows program.