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Global Power Shifts: Political and Economic Inclusion for the Next Generation
Collaborating to Realise the Potential of the Demographic Dividend

GDL Impact Lab (11th Lab): from 27 to 30 October 2019, Berlin

The 2019 curriculum

The 2019 curriculum of the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) is developed and implemented in partnership with the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany as its challenge holder.

Both the GDL and the Federal Foreign Office acknowledge that population dynamics are an essential global factor that is impacting cities, states and continents. We recognise that demographic growth brings benefits and challenges which are viewed differently by global, continental and local actors. Hence arriving at a common understanding and generating synergies that enable political and economic inclusion for the next generation are not self-evident.

The overall aim of the 2019 curriculum is to investigate the potential of realising the demographic dividend in Africa, and thereby to examine how new formats for international collaboration can help to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more effectively. The particular aim is to experiment with new approaches which can enable states to work collaboratively to realise collective goals on the topic of population dynamics. Our work in 2019 will contribute directly to SDG 17, whose focus is strengthening partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda.

The 2019 curriculum is implemented over five phases with an Incubator Lab (16-19 June 2019 in Accra) and an Impact Lab (27-30 October 2019 in Berlin) as key elements. The design of activities in each phase varies from member-to-member communication and larger webinars to Lab experiences and the implementation of projects.

The Impact Lab

The Impact Lab will be held in Berlin and will aim to explore and propose solutions for improving collaboration among the stakeholders to realise the potential of the demographic dividend. GDL members, the challenge holder and guests will be using the knowledge, expertise and competencies they bring to the Lab. Working with innovative formats, we will strive to create solutions that bridge the gaps identified at the Incubator Lab.

In Berlin, with a clearer picture of the global discourse on population dynamics and the impact this discourse has on practical policy, the global diplomatic community will be offered a feasible opportunity to turn (new) methods into actual practice. To this extent, this year’s schedule will have to discuss and develop new methods as well as generating methodologies that can facilitate impactful and relevant dialogue on sensitive global topics with the right stakeholders around the table.

Our hope is that results of both Labs will inform the challenge holder’s approach to discourse on population dynamics and with African nations by helping to create new partnerships and relevant dialogue. Outcomes of the Impact Lab will be further presented on local, state and transnational levels, as a means to scale-up the results of the 2019 curriculum.

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