Status Report Adolescents and Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa

The development of sub-Saharan Africa is closely linked to the wellbeing of its young people. With more than one-third of the total population aged 10 to 24, this large number of young people represents an opportunity to accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty, but only if nations make the right investments in current and future generations. Often unaddressed in policies and programmes are the unique vulnerabilities and challenges of young people, limiting their ability to contribute to the development of their families, communities and nations. Without strategic investments, young people will continue to face social and economic challenges and slow development efforts in the region.

UNFPA, Population Reference Bureau
Hervish A, Clifton D