Population dynamics shapes development pathways.
Population dynamics is the way in which populations change over time in terms of size, composition and geographical distribution. Global megatrends such as population growth, changes in age structure, migration and urbanisation impact in numerous ways on societies and their potential for development.
43% of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators are based on population data. Demographic changes, empowerment, gender equality, health and education are all key elements in shaping the future of the planet.
German development cooperation has recognised the importance of population dynamics for sustainable development processes in its partner countries. By reinforcing their methods of collecting and processing population data, for instance, population dynamicsit enables countries with a large youthful population to better orient development planning towards economic opportunities for young people, in order to reap a ‘demographic dividend’.
The studies, toolkits and stories on this page provide insights into population dynamics and how German-supported projects factor it into their work as an essential dimension of development.