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Population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights

Newborn at a hospital in Sylhet, Bangladesh

The world population is growing and ageing. Developing countries are often characterised by large youth bulges, while migratory flows and urbanisation are increasing worldwide. The impact of population dynamics (PD) on development processes presents opportunities and challenges for health, education and social security systems. The objective is to promote sustainable, human-rights-based and gender-sensitive policies, focusing on individual sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The range of activities of the Sector Programme Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights comprises:

  • Supporting German development co-operation in realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of PD and SRHR
  • Improving maternal and child health, strengthening the rights of girls and women, and supporting sustainable demographic development in partner countries.
  • Facilitating access to rights-based family planning, training of obstetric health workers, co-operation with civil society and private actors, and the provision, analysis and use of disaggregated population data
  • Providing the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with technical advice to design evidence-based policies and strategies
  • Assisting technical co-operation programmes in partner countries with implementing BMZ positions, proven concepts, new instruments and evaluation
  • Engaging in strategic partnerships to shape international technical discussions relevant to PD and SRHR and to strengthen capacities for implementation

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