The population of Malawi is youthful, with almost half (47 percent) aged 18 and below. This youthful population is Malawi’s greatest resource if the right investments are made in the 5 pillars of Demographic Dividend namely: Family Planning; Health; Education; Economic Growth and Job creation; and Governance.
“Malawi’s aspirations to transform into a technologically driven upper middle-income country can massively benefit from the demographic dividend. However, this opportunity is not guaranteed or automatic; the country must act fast by concurrently prioritising investments to accelerate fertility decline, improve human capital, reform the economy to create jobs for its growing working age population, and enhance good governance and accountability”. Harnessing the Demographic Dividend to Accelerate Socio-economic Transformation and Economic Development in Malawi, April 2016.