Demographic content of African development plans
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The recognition of the imperatives of change of economic and social structure in the African countries is now reflected in their national development plans. The population of a country is as much an agent as the beneficiary of any planned economic and social development undertaken. In any development plan, therefore, the population whose advancement is planned for must be given due attention and the population factor made an integral part of the planning process and not merely an exogenous factor to be taken account of. The purpose of this paper is to review, in this general setting, the demographic content of the development plans of the African countries, and attempt an assessment in the light of available data and analysis.