Jonathan Butcher

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Head-to-head: Is Africa’s young population a risk or an asset?

<b>Africa has more people aged under 20 than anywhere in the world and the continent's population is set to double to two billion by 2050.</b><p>Two analysts put forward rival arguments about what this means for the Africa.<p>Researcher Andrews Atta-Asamoah believes it poses a major challenge unless properly …

Africa's urbanisation 'megatrend' needs to deliver growth, says report

With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need to turn urban areas into engines of development, African Economic Outlook says<p>More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for …

Kenya's unemployed youth find fresh hope in the form of LivelyHoods

In 2010, Tania Laden and Maria Springer founded LivelyHoods, a social enterprise project designed to create work for young people in the urban slums of Kenya. In the two and a half years since, an initiative born of the willingness of two American twentysomethings to listen to the needs of Kenya's …

Sub-Saharan Africa's youth population offers ‘enormous potential’

Surging youth populations in sub-Saharan Africa will bring “enormous potential for economic and social growth” if leaders follow lessons in creating opportunities for young people from Asia’s economic giants, according to a UN report.<p>Nearly a quarter of the world’s 7.3 billion people are now aged …

Japan Encourages Young People To Date And Mate To Reverse Birth Rate Plunge, But It May Be Too Late

The Japanese government is taking desperate measures to reverse the nation’s plunging birth rate -- funding matchmaking and dating services to get …

Challenges in Europe: Italy faces up to ageing population

Since 2008 Europe has been going through an economic crisis leaving many of its underlying tensions exposed.<p>In the latest in the series looking at the challenges facing countries in Europe, BBC News met a pensioner in Italy.<p>Diva has taken up dancing in her 70s, and enjoys travelling and days out …

Italy's Aging Population

<b>Raising the retirement</b> <br>Increase the size of the working-age population by raising the retirement age. Since Europeans tend to retire before the …

Italian Ageing and Declining Population to Affect Consumption

Italy will experience a reduction in its population owing to falling birth rates and rising death rates given the size of the population over 65 …

Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets

Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new data show, highlighting the demographic challenge faced by the country’s chronically sluggish economy.<p>National statistics office ISTAT said on Thursday the number of live births …

Labor Economics

In ageing Japanese village, dolls take place of dwindling population

Photograph: Elaine Kurtenbach/AP<p>A school classroom in Nagoro.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/7/1420636489059/c6b883b2-d682-46cf-b8de-a7bb61480d0b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Elaine Kurtenbach/AP<p>A school classroom in …

Meet Agnes, the ageing empathy suit at MIT

Today, people are living longer than ever before, and with that come new challenges for how to improve the quality of life for an ageing global population.<p>The AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a suit that they say simulates the ageing process to give younger people a …

Ageing China: Changes and challenges

China's population is ageing. By 2050 more than a quarter of the population will be over 65 years old and younger generations face an unprecedented burden of care.<p>Fewer children<p>In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the government advocated a "later, longer, fewer" lifestyle, encouraging people to …

'A robot is my friend': Can machines care for elderly?

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Old Age

Japan's population continues to age as number of children hits new low

The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said.<p>There were an estimated 16.33 million children aged under 15 as of 1 April, down 160,000 from a year earlier, the internal …

How the care crisis is making old age a nightmare | Polly Toynbee

Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian<p>‘Like most hospitals, Addenbrooke’s has a huge bill for hiring extra nurses ad hoc from private agencies.’<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/1/1441130283007/a98b33af-66f3-4172-a849-63a91ff1fbab-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: David …

Paying for the grey

IN THE 1950s, when China’s civil war was only just over and life expectancy still below 45, setting a relatively young retirement age seemed sensible …

Robot carers to help Japan’s elderly

Japan population shrinks by one million census confirms

<b>New census figures in Japan show the population has shrunk by nearly one million in the past five years, in the first decline registered since 1920.</b><p>As of October last year the country has 127.1 million people, 0.7% fewer than in the last census.<p>Demographers have long predicted a drop, citing …

The benefits of getting older

Most of us dread getting older. But there’s mounting evidence that old age brings happiness, intellect and even better sex.<p>“Growing old is great – when you consider the alternative,” as the saying goes.<p>Welcome to the age of ageing. With more than 800 million people over 60 and more centenarians …

'Time bomb' as new mothers get older and midwives approach retirement

Record numbers of women giving birth in 30s and 40s require greater care but NHS already 2,600 midwives short and workforce is getting older, report finds<p>The NHS is short of around 2,600 midwives as record numbers of births to older mothers put maternity units under pressure, according to the Royal …

Italy's PM criticises government led fertility campaign

<b>Italy's prime minister has distanced himself from a campaign promoted by his health minister which encouraged couples to have more children.</b><p>The Fertility Day campaign was criticised on social media for appearing not to understand the reasons behind Italy's low birth rate.<p>In one advert a woman holds …

France’s baby boom secret: get women into work and ditch rigid family norms

Gender equality, pro-child policies and generous childcare provision are all bolstering French fertility rates rather than hindering them<p>Over the past 10 years the offices of France’s National Institute for Demographic Studies (Ined) have seen a steady stream of Korean policymakers and Japanese …

Why Ethiopian women are having fewer children than their mothers

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1204000/1204729_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534194670_9b5374076aa7878302adade692ac8d2f<p><b>Ethiopia has seen a massive cut in its fertility rate, from an average of seven children per woman in the 1990s to 4.6 currently. But how has it</b> …

Family Planning

Singapore unveils S$2b package to boost fertility rate - 21Jan2013

Fertilità Femminile e Maschile - Fertility Day

Per cercare le offerte più convenienti occorrerebbe andare a spulciare uno per uno i vari siti delle maggiori compagnie, come Grimaldi, Tirrenia, …

Five numbers that sum up China's one-child policy

<b>China has announced it's abolishing its one-child policy, which was introduced to limit the birth rate, amid concerns that the country's population is ageing too quickly. What difference has it made, statistically speaking?</b><p>400 million births prevented<p>China's government says the one-child policy, …

Communist Party

6 Creative Ways Countries Have Tried to Up Their Birth Rates

When the Soviet Union took a census of Georgia in 1989, more than 5 million people lived there. But by 2014, the population in the former Soviet …

Italy's birth rate drops to its lowest in more than 150 years

ROME (Reuters) - Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new data show, highlighting the demographic challenge faced by the country’s chronically sluggish economy.<p>National statistics office ISTAT said on Thursday the number …

China reforms: One-child policy to be relaxed

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1028000/1028597_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534584098_39400242255b498e80f8eb933f912401<p><b>China is to relax its policy of restricting most couples to having only a single child, state media say.</b><p>In future, families will be allowed two children …

China