How social protection systems facilitate demographic change in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 1.1 billion people live in Sub-Saharan Africa today, and this number is expected to double by 2050. Yet many governments in the region struggle with providing sufficient schools, hospitals, food and clean water for their populations. Many countries are trapped in a vicious cycle of population growth and poverty. Social protection systems offer hope: They can lift the most vulnerable out of poverty, accelerate progress in education, health and nutrition, and thus indirectly impact the average number of children per woman.

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