Last updated: April 2017. US$ amounts in this profile are shown in 2015 prices.
Strategic priorities
  • Germany places a special focus on displacement and migration, climate change, and food and nutrition security. Development Minister Müller has launched special initiatives for these priorities with additional funding.
  • During its current G20 presidency, Germany is demonstrating strong leadership on global health (similar to its G7 presidency in 2015), including it for the first time into the G20 agenda. Previously, it hosted a successful replenishment of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in 2015 and initiated the ’Healthy Systems, Healthy Lives’ roadmap to strengthen health systems. 
  • Germany places an increased geographic focus on Africa. During its G20 presidency, Germany will lead discussions with the other members of the G20 on increased public and private investments in Africa. The separate ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’, developed by Development Minister Gerd Müller, similarly focuses on stimulating investments in Africa and supporting countries implementing good governance reforms.
Key opportunities
  • Large shares of the substantial ODA increase of €8.3 billion (US$9.2 billion) for 2016 to 2019 have not yet been allocated.
  • Development priorities during the G20 presidency will focus on health (pandemic preparedness and anti-microbial resistance), climate and sustainability, women and girls’ empowerment, supply chains, and financial inclusion. 
  • The ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’ calls for increased ODA to African countries that are open to implementing good governance reforms.
  • After winning the federal elections in September 2017, negotiation for forming a government are still ongoing. A new coalition will shape the country’s development priorities for the coming years.

Key Questions

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Zaatri refugee camp in Jordan is the site of a ‘cash-for-work’ program for refugees funded by Germany. Germany has increased its ODA to the Middle East and North Africa to support refugees and tackle the ‘root causes’ of displacement.



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How will German ODA develop?

  • Germany plans to increase ODA by a total of €8.3 billion (US$9.2 billion) between 2016 and 2019. The 2017 BMZ budget already included an increase of €1.1 billion (US$1.2 billion). ODA will continue to increase in 2018 and 2019.
  • From 2017, costs for hosting refugees in Germany are expected to decrease, meaning that Germany's ODA as a share of GNI will likely return to below the 0.7% target. This means that increased efforts will be required to maintain current ODA level.

Which development sectors will be in focus?

  • Displacement and migration will remain key focus areas and may become more important with a stronger focus on the Middle East (in particular Syria and its neighboring countries), North Africa, Horn of Africa, Nigeria, and the Balkans/Ukraine. 
  • Agriculture and nutrition security, as well as climate change, are likely to remain key priorities in coming years.

What are key opportunities for shaping Germany’s development policy?

  • Germany has assumed the G20 Presidency in December 2016 focusing on economic stability, global health (specifically on pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance), and supporting Africa by boosting investments. 
  • Angela Merkel's Conservatives won the federal elections in September 2017. Coalition negotiations between parties have been unusually difficult. After the failure of the so-called ‘Jamaica’ coalition (Conservatives, Greens, market-liberal FDP), a renewal of the Grand Coalition between Conservatives and Social Democrats is being discussed. Should these negotiations fail, a minority government led by Angela Merkel’s Conservatives (with or without a smaller coalition partner) or new elections are possible.