The Demographic Transition and Development in Africa

The Unique Case of Ethiopia

Editors: Teller, Charles, Assefa Hailemariam (Eds.)

  • Offers a unique case study of social, economic and agro-environmental change
  • Describes new policy aimed at reducing vulnerability to shocks and strengthen resilience
  • Will help promote use and analysis of population and development reseach in other parts of the world
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Generalizations about the lack of demographic change and of progress in meeting the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa are commonplace, but they are often misleading and belie the socio-cultural change. This book compares Ethiopia with other African countries, demonstrating the uniqueness of an African-type demographic transition: a mix of poverty-related negative factors with positive education, health and higher age-of-marriage trends that are pushing this population to accelerate the demographic transition and meet most of the MDGs. The book takes great care with challenges of inadequate data and weak analytical capacity to research this incipient transition, trying to unravel some complexities in Ethiopia: Slowly declining population growth rates with rapidly declining child mortality, very high chronic under-nutrition, low urban but high rural fertility; and high population-resource pressure along with rapidly growing small urban places.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book is the first in the field of demographic transition and development in Africa with particular reference to Ethiopia … . This is a useful book that presents a number of important ideas and results. … The book is more important and useful to policymakers not only in Ethiopia, but for other countries in the sub-Saharan African region that might have similar demographic and socio-economic development issues.” (Gebremariam Woldemicael, Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 40 (1-2), 2013)

“This book captures and brilliantly describes the distinctiveness of Ethiopian population health and nutrition trends, and the factors that impinge upon them. The authors creatively used existing data blended with a rich understanding of the local context to tell a complex story in a fascinating and insightful way. It is a must read for scholars and students of African demography.”

Dr. Jacob Adetunji, Government Demographer

“This book is clearly a masterful comprehensive exposition of the dynamics of interrelationships between population change and development in the Horn of Africa…. Full of illustrative insights and erudite discourse on key issues in the field of population science as they affect Ethiopia. … A must read for academicians, researchers and scholars in population field. This book is an authority and a reference point on Ethiopian demography”.

Clifford Odimegwu, Ph.D., Director, Programme in Demography and Population Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

“These leading scholars have brought together a collection of data and analyses of demographic information for Ethiopia that is worthy of careful study far beyond the borders of the country.  This book will be of interest to those concerned about population trends and sustainability of the human experiment worldwide”.

William Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center

“This important book, the impressive result of a strong North-South partnership, asserts the uniqueness of Ethiopian demographics while also enriching our grasp of the traditional demographic transition theory”.

John F. May, Ph.D., Lead Population Specialist, The World Bank

“This work constitutes a timely and most relevant contribution to strengthening the knowledge base necessary for policy formulation and programme development in Ethiopia as well as other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Several of the findings and recommendations are valuable beyond the specific context of Ethiopia. Indeed, the diversity and deep contrasts in demographic, social, ecological and cultural contexts make Ethiopia’s case a particularly rich and interesting one. Demographic knowledge has much to contribute to policy formulation for sustainable development and this book is a good example of the relevance of such contributions”.

Dr. Rogelio Fernandez-Castilla, UNFPA/NY


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • The Complex Nexus Between Population Dynamics and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A New Conceptual Framework of Demographic Response and Human Adaptation to Societal and Environmental Hazards

    Teller, Charles (et al.)

    Pages 3-16

  • The Fertility Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1990–2005: How Unique Is Ethiopia?

    Gebreselassie, Tesfayi

    Pages 19-44

  • The Nature, Pace and Determinants of the Incipient Fertility Transition in Ethiopia, 1984–2007: Can the 4.0 TFR Target for 2015 be Met?

    Teller, Charles (et al.)

    Pages 45-68

  • The Demographic Transition and Development Nexus in Ethiopia: Real Dividend or Burden?

    Seifu, Yordanos (et al.)

    Pages 69-88

  • Better-Educated Youth as a Vanguard of Social Change? Adolescent Transitions to Later Marriage and Lower Fertility in Southwest Ethiopia

    Herman, Moshi (et al.)

    Pages 89-101

Buy this book

eBook $199.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8918-2
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Hardcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8917-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Demographic Transition and Development in Africa
Book Subtitle
The Unique Case of Ethiopia
Editors
  • Charles Teller
  • Assefa Hailemariam
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8918-2
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8918-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8917-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 359
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