Rapid population growth and migration are dramatically changing societies and ecosystems worldwide. As this future unfolds, Non-profits, NGO’s* and charities will play a central role in safeguarding the world’s most vulnerable communities, the land upon which they live, and the wildlife that surrounds them. As the social conscience of globalization, the nonprofit sector needs to contemplate future challenges and adjust their programs accordingly – and to inspire the next generation to tackle these challenges, Non-profits need to also understand global shifts in how Gen Z uses technology. This blog addresses five statistical statements on “Why” non-profits, NGO’s and charities are needed.
1. The world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, up 31% from 7.5 billion now. (see following chart)
Nonprofits, NGOs, and charities worldwide will be instrumental in managing and protecting the Earth’s resources. In the near future, nearly 10 billion humans will be in need of food and clean water, health services, education, and shelter. Social good organizations will also be needed to apply pressure on institutions to prioritize diplomacy, human rights, to act on climate change, and to protect the world’s remaining biodiversity.
(*) NGO=A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level.
2. Gen Z (born 1998 and after) currently makes up 27% of the global population and could surpass Millennials in size as early as 2018.
The majority of Gen Z resides in developing countries where NGOs are going to be essential to ensure this rising generation has access to education, employment, and family planning resources.
3. People aged 60 and older make up 12.3% of the global population, and by 2050, that number will rise to almost 22%.
While NGO’s worldwide will need to meet the needs of a surging youth population, simultaneously NGO’s will be called upon to help serve the world’s elderly citizens. Humans are living longer and economic inequality (low-pay, increased employment competition, limited access to health care, minimal retirement savings, etc.) will strain our global economy. The good news is that global philanthropy is on the rise, but the challenges are great and NGO’s will play a critical role in continuing to inspire the global community to give and volunteer.
Source: United Nations Population Fund
4. China currently has the highest population in the world, however, by 2050 India will be the most populated country at 1,676 million (compared to China’s 1,387 million).
In the coming decades as wealth rises in Asia, so will philanthropy and with it a second wave of online activism and giving. In India alone, it is estimated there are 1-2 million NGOs in operation of which the vast majority have no online presence, but in the next decade Indian NGOs will join the digital revolution by the hundreds of thousands.
Source: 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report
5. Africa’s population will more than double to 2.6 billion by 2050.
Social good organizations will be crucial in advancing economic development throughout Africa to ensure its rising population has a better life than the generations before. Also, to save Africa’s iconic wildlife from extinction, NGO’s will be instrumental in conserving land and defeating wildlife crime.
Source: Rothschild’s Giraffe Project
Be watching for Part 2 that gives more insight as to “Why” Non-Profits and NGO’s will be pivotal for the future of every country.
(**) Some references in this blog is taken from a great article found at http://www.nptechforgood.com/2017/09/03/12-demographic-technology-trends-changing-the-nonprofit-sector-worldwide/