What is preventing Africa from developing?

Children in africa

Over 580 million children live in Africa - but by no means all of them have the opportunity to go to school or receive medical help when they are sick. Investments in the health and education systems are therefore urgently needed. Plan International supports children in 25 African countries to build a better life together with them, their families and communities. By adopting a sponsorship you help us with this.

Almost half of the African population are children. Their number is expected to grow from 580 million to one billion by 2055. That would correspond to around 40 percent of the predicted number of children who will then live on earth. Overall, the population of Africa is expected to increase by 1.3 billion people. It is expected that 2.5 billion people will live on the continent by 2050. These would be immense changes in just a few decades. We at Plan International are certain that changes are also necessary for the future of these people. Rapid population growth can become a major problem or opportunity for the continent.


Big investments necessary

The potential for a successful future in African countries lies in the good education of present and future generations. To this end, major investments in health, education and infrastructure must be made promptly in the federal states. In addition, jobs must be created and the rights of women and girls must be strengthened. Only then can Africa achieve greater prosperity, stability and peace.

Malnutrition, illness and a lack of access to education prevent children and young people from developing as they should. Disadvantage - especially of girls - and unemployment often result in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to escape. But economic growth and the stability of countries also suffer if there is a lack of investment in health and education. Challenges that many African countries have to face today.

Poverty threatens Africa's children

Today around 40 percent of the people in Africa live in extreme poverty and have less than 1.90 US dollars a day to spend. Half of them are children. Many regions of Africa are also affected by extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. They aggravate the poor economic situation of families who live from agriculture. Poverty and lack of food threaten the healthy development of children in Africa.


Malnutrition often begins in pregnancy

One consequence of poverty is malnutrition. It promotes illness and leads to poor school performance in children. If the mother is already suffering from malnutrition, the unborn child cannot develop properly in the womb either. A weakened immune system and infectious diseases can be the consequences, but also difficulties in everyday life, for example when learning. This represents a life-threatening situation for newborns. Parents usually do not know enough about the serious consequences of malnutrition and only rarely have access to health facilities.

Plan International in Africa: Become a sponsor

We at Plan International work in 25 partner countries in Africa as an aid organization in development cooperation. There we support projects that sustainably improve the living conditions of children and their families and combat the causes of poverty and hunger. This gives children the chance to exercise their right to health and education. Take on a child sponsorship and help to give children in Africa a better future.