UNFPA Sri Lanka


Generation Youth

Yielding the Return on Investments
Author: UNFPA
No. of pages: 48
Available languages: English
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In almost all countries in Southeast Asia, a phenomenon called the demographic dividend has had a positive impact on economic growth. The demographic dividend is the accelerated economic growth that may result from a decline
in a country's mortality and fertility and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population. The age structure transition in any country, after the lapse of a specific period of transitional process, will approach a demographic dividend phase and during that time the country will have a high ratio of population in the
working ages, in relation to the dependent age categories, the aged and the children. This period is recognized as the "window of opportunity" suitable for an economic take-off, provided that the other factors such as political stability,
adequate savings and investment, human capital and an IT-based the knowledge economy exist.