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Countries with Very Slow or Incipient Fertility Transition

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Most countries of the world have started their fertility transition, and many of them are already in a post-transitional stage. However, in 10 countries, all located in sub-Saharan Africa, the fertility transitions at the national level can be termed as very slow or even incipient, but in only eight of these countries it is possible to analyze some of the determinants of the still high levels of fertility. One of the objectives of this chapter is to try to assess if an acceleration of the fertility transition can be envisaged or not in the near future in these countries. The fertility transition is underway among urban and educated women, but it is lagging behind among rural women. The last section of this chapter focuses on Niger, where there has been no sign of fertility decline over the past 50 years, and explores what kind of program could be put in place to initiate a fertility transition in this country.

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Issaka Maga, H., Guengant, JP. (2017). Countries with Very Slow or Incipient Fertility Transition. In: Groth, H., May, J. (eds) Africa's Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend. Springer, Cham.

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