Mission and objectives
Demographic change poses major challenges for societies around the world. In a growing number of countries, politics and business must react to an end of population growth and ongoing aging trends. In other places, the priority lies on slowing down persistently high population growth through peaceful development and providing employment opportunities for a large number of young people.
The Berlin Institute for Population and Development is an independent think tank which examines the causes and consequences of regional and global demographic changes. The Berlin Institute has committed itself to raise awareness for the manifold issues related to demographic change, promote sustainable development, provide scientifically founded information for the political decision-making process, introduce new policy ideas, and develop concepts towards solving demographic and developmental problems.
Vision for the next five years
The Berlin-Institute preserves its unique characteristics, developed over the first 15 years: speed, practical relevance, comprehensibility and independence. As a first mover and stimulator of discourse on demographic developments, the politically neutral institute deals with important as well as largely unnoticed socio-political topics and mechanisms, conveys these in an intelligible manner, and develops options for potential courses of action.
The Berlin-Institute’s main target group is the German public and political arena. Priority is given to demographic issues which are particularly relevant to German development and debate. The Institute pens studies and papers with high-quality text and graphic material and uses media channels to disseminate results. Doing so enables the Berlin-Institute to reach out to decision-makers, directly or indirectly, and advise politics and business through lectures, workshops and background discussions.
The Berlin-Institute is keen on continuing to shape the demographic debate in Germany over the next five years. Key topics include:
- in the field: urban and rural areas
While economically successful urban centres across Germany are experiencing a growth in jobs and population, peripheral rural areas continue loosing population and are aging disproportionately. The Berlin Institute will investigate new possibilities for public and community-based services in rural areas, the impact of civic involvement on their stability as well as whether it is possible to compensate for asymmetrical growth processes between urban and peripheral areas. In addition, the Berlin Institute examines the question of whether immigration can be seen as an opportunity for rural areas.
- in the field: migration and the labour market
The impending wave of retirement among “baby boomers” confronts business with a recruitment challenge particularly in terms of remaining internationally competitive. The Berlin Institute will examine how labour force potential and qualifications can be assured in Germany, how immigrants and refugees can be integrated into society and the labour market, and which societal challenges arise from a growing number of immigrants.
- in the field: family and age
In order to provide employment opportunities and secure incomes for a large number of people in a modern knowledge society on the one hand, while facilitating a fulfilling family life with children on the other, the reconciliation of family and work needs to be improved. The Berlin Institute will look for new ways to support families as well as to safeguard intergenerational justice. In addition, the institute will examine how the costs of pension schemes and care can be held at reasonable levels.
- in the field: international demography
While population growth in the industrialised and newly industrialised countries is slowing down or coming to a halt, most developing countries are still experiencing an increase in their population figures; a trend with which the provision of infrastructure and jobs often do not keep pace. In order to minimise resulting conflicts, the Berlin Institute seeks ways to achieve sustainable economic development, to reduce population growth, and to secure old-age pension provision in developing countries.
The Berlin Institute maintains its independence in all of its work. Sponsors and clients ought not to exercise influence on the results of the Berlin Institute’s studies. This is stipulated by the funding and financing code, which forms an integral part of any contractual agreement.
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