Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Africa
Population growth is occurring more rapidly in Africa than in other regions of the world, increasing vulnerability to climate change impacts and undermining sustainable development efforts on the continent. Indeed, most sub-Saharan development policies note that the region’s rapid population growth inhibits efforts to alleviate poverty, ensure food security, preserve the environment, and improve Africans’ well-being. This brief discusses the implications of population growth in Africa with examples from Kenya and Malawi. Finally, the brief offers policy recommendations for future action.