Rudy Altergott, @rudyaltergott, asked Council President Ivo Daalder on Twitter: "Perhaps this is too open-ended but what global issue(s) do you think may be among the most underestimated?" See Ivo's response in the newest installment of #AskIvo. Be sure submit your question for the next episode to @IvoHDaalder using #AskIvo.
Hi, I'm Ivo Daalder, the president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and this is Ask Ivo, a new series where you get to ask me questions about global issues that are of primary concern to you.
Today, Rudy Altergott asks this question: "What global issues do you think may be among the most underestimated?" One issue that is really not getting the attention that it probably deserves is the growth in population, particularly in Africa. Between now and 2050, the population in Africa is going to double, and 1 billion of the people in 2050 are going to be under the age of 18. That's both a challenge, and an opportunity. Think about it: How many new consumers? How many new producers of goods and services are going to emerge in Africa?
What we need to do between now and then is to pay attention to what is happening there. To make sure there's enough economic opportunity; there's enough investment; there's enough productivity. So that a growing population can eat, can produce, can find a way to consume, and to become part of a global structure in which all of us are better off. If we don't get that right, we will have lots of people who will be hungry, who won't have jobs, and are going to look for other places to live. That's why this is one of the most underestimated challenges that we have.
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