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Handbook on Population Dynamics in German Development Cooperation

Handbook on Population Dynamics in German Development Cooperation

Why population dynamics matter

Global megatrends such as rapid population growth, population ageing, and increasing migration and urbanisation are amongst the key challenges of the 21st century. These demographic changes have a significant impact on development progress in the partner countries of German development cooperation. Population dynamics – i.e. how populations change over time in terms of size, composition and geographical distributions - must therefore be a key consideration when development cooperation measures are planned and implemented. But how can this be done?

About this handbook

This handbook provides guidance to the regional divisions of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), economic cooperation officers working in partner countries and to implementing organisations of German development cooperation who set out to mainstream population dynamics into their development work. It presents a summary of global and regional population trends, tried-and-tested approaches and case studies, and it looks at regional and sectoral aspects that should to taken into account.

Online version

An online version of the handbook, in English language, is currently under construction and will soon be available on this site. In the meantime, please download the German version of the handbook as pdf file (9mb / 178 pages).

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