Appendix 7. Standard distribution of population in developing countries

Shown as % of the total population

Children under 5 years of age
0 - 11 months4%
12 - 23 months3%
24 - 35 months3%
36 - 47 months3%
48 - 59 months3%
Total16%


Total population
0 - 4 years16%



= 70%

5 - 14 years27%
15 - 29 years27%
30 - 44 years16%
≥ 45 years14%
Total100%

Example: if the target population is the population aged 2-30 years, the target population represents 63% of the total population.


By gender
Total females49.5%
Total males50.5%
Females 15 to 44 years25.5%
Pregnant women4%

Notes:
– This distribution varies depending on the country and the context.
– Always use national figures if available.