Germany Donor Profile

Last updated: March 2017.


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How will German ODA develop?

  • Germany plans to increase ODA by a total of €8.3 billion (US$11 billion) between 2016 and 2019. The 2017 BMZ budget already included an increase of €1.1 billion (US$1.5 billion). ODA will continue to increase in 2018 and 2019.
  • Growing costs for hosting refugees in Germany, which are partly ODA-reportable, will continue to 'inflate’ Germany’s ODA levels in the coming years.
  • Planned rises in ODA-reportable refugee costs will bring Germany close to the 0.7% target in 2016. Eventually, declining refugee costs will require increased efforts to maintain the current ODA level and reach the 0.7% target.

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.
  • Federal elections in 2017 will determine the future direction of Germany’s development cooperation. The next government will most likely be formed by two or more parties, and the coalition treaty will inform the next government’s program. If global development features prominently in the coalition treaty, this will be conductive to placing development firmly on Germany’s agenda.





  • Frank-Walter Steinmeier assumes office as German president

    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.

    News article – Deutsche Welle

  • G20 finance ministers refuse commitment to free trade and action against climate change

    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.

    News article – Deutsche Welle

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