Rationale: 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. It is a cross-cutting issue which potentially affects all sectors, bringing with it both opportunities and challenges for sustainable development.
Handbook: A population dynamics compendium for German development cooperation
Based on its experience in integrating population dynamics into development work, German development cooperation has prepared this handbook as a user-friendly tool for development professionals, sector experts and decision-makers in partner countries, as well as other interested readers.
Ways to integrate population dynamics in development cooperation
German development cooperation has developed a number of practical approaches with which it supports its partner countries in integrating population dynamics into policy and programme planning, including through a multisectoral approach, data collection and use, and capacity development.
Population dynamics in specific sectors
A country’s population dynamics is interlinked with development sectors such as health and education. Demographic changes have an impact on the population’s needs and require adjustments in the different sectors. Developments in specific sectors can in turn influence a country’s population dynamics.
Demographic data for development planning
Demographic data are at the heart of population dynamics because they are the concrete basis that make it possible to observe demographic trends in a country. Although data gaps persist, digitalisation is boosting the efficiency of analysis and of sources such as censuses, surveys and birth and death records.