What to know about a baby born in Uganda’s capital – and what it means for its future as a nation –
Uganda’s population is growing by an average of more than 40,000 people every year.
That’s the equivalent of about 15,000 babies born every day, the World Bank said in a report released Thursday.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to grow that number by nearly a million people by 2020, or by one-third of the population.
The country’s growth is fueled in part by economic gains, and in part the country’s emergence as an international economic power in the 20th century.
Uganda’s economy has grown from $6 billion in 1950 to $17.5 billion in 2020, according to the World Resources Institute.
The economy has been on the rise because of increased trade and tourism, and because of investments in education and healthcare.
That has helped lift Ugandan incomes by more than 10 percent annually since 2000, the institute said.