Book Launch, January 29, 2021




Civil Society, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Gender Equality, Human Rights and Migration

Book Launch: The Demographic Dividend and the Power of Youth – Voices from the Global Diplomacy Lab
Online, 29 January 2021, 3.30 – 5.30 pm CET

Edited by GDL members EirlianiElsa and Sonja and with contributions by many inspiring voices from the GDL and beyond, a compendium following up on the GDL 2019 curriculum findings has been published by Anthem Press. You can order it here.

The virtual Book Launch

On the day the book was published, the editors and initiators of the compendium – Elsa Marie D’SilvaEirliani Abdul Rahman and Sonja Peteranderl invited authors and high-level officials to discuss the arguments of the book. Among them Dr Philipp Ackermann, Director‑General at the Federal Foreign Office, who signaled the interest to further collaborate on the topic.

Watch a short summary below and scroll down for more information on the Compendium itself!


Book Launch: The Demographic Dividend and the Power of Youth

The compendium

While the 2019 curriculum focused on Ghana, young people worldwide are crucial to fostering positive social, political, cultural, and economic change. Hence, members that participated in the Labs in Accra and Berlin applied the concepts to their own different backgrounds.

In their essays, they spotlight good practices of how governments and institutions can effectively manage and tap the demographic dividend for the success of all and highlights the role young people can play as actors of change. To name a few examples:

– Julia Jaroschewski elaborates on the fight of Rio de Janeiro’s young generation, living in Favelas, against police violence.

Omar Jagne explains the chances of mobilizing human capital to harness the demographic dividend while drawing on the diaspora’s role in The Gambia.

– ElsaMarie D’Silva addresses sexual violence in India and how the youth can play a vital role in changing the status quo.

– Sonja Peteranderl identifies ex-gang members in Los Angeles as drivers of change.

– Patrick Mpedzisi and Annegret Warth define the African continental youth policy as a tool for harnessing the demographic dividend.

– Rudrani Dasgupta tells her insights on digital mindfulness for Indian millennials.

– Elizabeth Maloba and Stefan Cibian stress the disparity of how societies in African states work compared to their governments.

– Colette Mazzucelli, together with her colleagues, revisit the youth’s imperative of climate justice.

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