The rationale

How population dynamics shapes development – and vice versa

How population dynamics shapes development – and vice versa

Population dynamics is the way in which populations change over time in terms of size, composition and geographical distribution. Demographic trends such as population growth, changes in age structure, migration and urbanisation impact in numerous ways on societies and their potential for development. Socio-economic developments in turn can affect population dynamics. This is why German development cooperation regards population dynamics as a factor which must be taken into account in supporting sustainable development processes. What opportunities and challenges does population dynamics present?

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The world of population dynamics

A population dynamics compendium for German development cooperation

This compendium is a practical guide for taking population dynamics into account in programme and policy planning, building on tried and tested approaches from German development cooperation. Readers are supported in identifying and working with the opportunities and challenges that demographic changes can present.

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Population Trends

People gathering along the river in Naga City, Philippines

Global and regional population trends

Country-specific and global population trends such as migration and urbanisation are apparent in changing birth and death rates and in changes in populations’ age and gender structures. At different times and at their own pace, all countries pass through the so-called demographic transition, facing opportunities and challenges along the way.

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