Africa, Asia & Aging


Africa, Asia & Aging


 

The United Nations highlights important shifts in world demographics in its 2015 report World Population Prospects with top trends focused on Africa, Asia, and aging.

 

 

Africa and Asia

Among the UN's projections is that more than half of population growth from 2015-2050 is expected to occur in Africa, with Asia anticipated to have the second largest growth. On the other hand, Europe is expected to have a smaller population in 2050 than in 2015.

Half of the world's population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries, with the largest growth occurring in India and Nigeria. Projections indicate the population of India will surpass that of China by 2022.

Aging Population

The report also highlights the profound impact population aging will have on the world. The population of people aged 60 and over is projected to more than double by 2050, and this population is among the fastest growing populations throughout the world. As of 2015, Europe had the oldest population.

The combination of shrinking and aging populations in some regions of the world will likely shine a spotlight on those regions, such as Africa and Asia, with younger, growing populations as possible sources of labor talent. This could lead to increased racial and ethnic diversity in places such as Europe and increased cultural diversity in global organizations.

All of this increases the importance of organizations finding the most effective ways for bringing diverse people together in their organizations to achieve great things together.

 

 

Reference:

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, Key Findings and Advance Tables, Working Paper No. ESA/P/WP.241, 2015.

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision (online overview and resources), 2015.