How much ODA does Germany provide?
What are Germany’s strategic priorities for development?
Who are the main actors in German development cooperation?
How is the German ODA budget structured?
What are important decision-making opportunities in Germany's annual budget process?
How is Germany's ODA spent?
Former Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, became Germany’s new president on March 19, 2017. The former top diplomat was sworn in on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in front of both houses of parliament. Despite the role being largely ceremonial, German presidents have in the past aspired to act as a moral authority in debates of national and international importance. President Steinmeier is expected to highlight foreign policy during his five-year term of office. Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, former Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, has succeeded him as Germany's Foreign Minister.
Finance ministers from the G20 countries concluded talks in Baden-Baden, Germany, without agreeing on a joint position that would have explicitly renewed their commitment towards free trade and action against climate change. Following pushback from US officials, the ministers' meeting, chaired by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, issued a statement that backtracks on past commitments: it excludes commitments to the multilateral trade system, to a rejection of protectionism, and a pledge to support climate-change finance. The document is not legally binding, but is a template for the ongoing work of the G20 states.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
The EU, Germany, Norway, UK, and other donor countries will host a major international conference on Syria on April 5, 2017 in Brussels. The title of the conference is “Syria and the region: supporting the future of Syria and the region”, and the conference aims to strengthen the UN, to establish regional and international frameworks to support the humanitarian work, and to support the future of Syria and its neighboring countries.
Location: Brussels, Belgium