Government wants solutions to rapid population growth


Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe, has said there is need for stakeholders to find solutions to the current worrying trend in population growth.

The minister made the remarks in Lilongwe on Tuesday during the opening of a two-day national conference on population and development.

“It is being estimated that by 2040 Malawi will have a population of 30 million. Why should this happen to a small country like this one? What is wrong with this country? We have heard a lot about population growth, but very little on what should be done to reduce the population. You [stakeholders] should be saying more of what should be done,” Gondwe said.


The conference is being held under the theme: “Empowering, Education and Employing the Youth to Harness the Demographic Dividend and Achieve Sustainable Development in Malawi”.

Another notable activity at the function was the launch of a demographic dividend Report. According to the report, Demographic Dividend is the economic benefit that arises from a significant increase in the ratio of a working age adults relative to young dependents that result from decline in birth and death rates.

Gondwe stressed the role the youth can play in the country’s development.


United States Agency for International Development (Usaid), Charge d’ affaires, Andrew Herrup, said although fears of rapid population growth continue, something can be done to reverse the situation.

“Today, the world, not just Malawi, has the largest generation of young people in human history. The reproductive decisions of these young people can make a difference between poverty and prosperity,” he said.

UN Resident Coordinator, Mia Seppo, said she expected that the launch of the Demographic Dividend Report will be followed up by concrete actions to take the demographic dividend agenda forward.

“If not, we would like to suggest that steps be taken to ensure that policy and investment recommendations from the report do inform the design of the country’s next medium term development plan. A road map with concrete actions and milestones should be helpful in assisting the country move towards developing and implementing a demographic dividend programme,” she said.

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