“If you invest in education, you are helping to counter population growth and overcome poverty.”
- Dr. Norbert Cloppenburg, Member of the Board of Managing Directors of KfW Banking Group, Germany
Donations, important as they are in emergency situations, only have a short-term effect at best. The structures that cause poverty remain untouched. We can only create long-term prospects for people in countries affected by poverty by means of sustainable economic development generating sufficient resources, jobs and education for the entire population.
Long-term concepts help people to initiate fundamental changes in their country themselves. However, in order to be able to jointly design such concepts, the responsible players in politics, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and business must understand the interaction of factors that stand in the way of such a sustainable development.
Bayer is actively involved in the societal dialog on sustainability issues, and creates forums to promote the exchange of ideas and develop workable solutions in cooperation with partners.
International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development
Since 2002 we have been hosting an international conference called the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development.
About 200 experts from the field of development work – politicians, scientists, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as industry – use the annual conference to discuss the experience they have had with realizing the Millennium Development Goals; they also draft recommendations. These are then made available to development-policy decision-makers.
Education and access to family planning are among the core topics of the Dialogue. The rapid population growth in many countries is a major factor influencing the scarcity of resources. Education enables young people in particular to plan their lives, a career and a family in a way that takes account of available resources, and to initiate changes.
You need a lot of staying power to change fundamental structures. This is why it is important to us to actively involve the young generation in a dialog; after all, these young people will be responsible tomorrow for continuing the developments that we initiate today.
- Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
- DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung)
- German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
- KfW Bankengruppe (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, KfW)
Together with the Foundation for World Population, Bayer has been organizing a parliamentary evening every year since 2009. Prominent panel guests discuss issues of development policy and population trends with an audience of over a hundred invited experts from the fields of development cooperation, as well as representatives from politics, diplomatic representations, medical research, international non-governmental organizations and think tanks.
The series of events aims to draw public attention to these important societal issues and to promote a broad exchange of ideas on development policy. The conclusions drawn on the causes of poverty and adverse economic developments then form the basis for developing effective strategies for solutions in a network of partners.
For Bayer, “Science For A Better Life” means more than manufacturing innovative products: the tagline also applies when it comes to improving people’s living conditions and making these improvements permanent. Klaus Brill tells us which subjects are at the center of attention, what role the Dialogue plays in the drive for sustainability, and what prospects it opens up.