Fertility rate remains highest in OIC countries despite decline over past few decades: Report

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) � Countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have recorded a decline in fertility rates over the past two or three decades, but remain on average higher than those in non-OIC developing countries and much higher than in developed countries, according to reports published by the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), based on UN reports.

According to UN reports, the average fertility rate in OIC countries will remain above the replacement level, while the rate in non-OIC developing countries is expected to decline to match the level of replacement. In the developed countries the average fertility will continue to record levels below the replacement rate, the reports have found.

There are significant differences in the total fertility rates (TFR) in the OIC countries, with reports suggest that the highest fertility rates are in the sub-Saharan African member states. The list of the top ten highest fertility countries during 2015-2020 include Niger, Somalia, Mali, Chad, Uganda, Nigeria, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Benin.

The list of the highest fertility countries during 2025-2030 is also expected to include Niger, Somalia, Mali, Chad, Nigeria, Uganda, Gambia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and CAte d’Ivoire.

Source: International Islamic News Agency