At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • Germany frames its development policy under an overarching narrative of “fighting the root causes of displacement”, with a focus on the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA). 
  • During its Group of 20 (G20) presidency in 2017, Germany demonstrated strong leadership on global health by including health on the G20 agenda for the first time.
  • Thematically, Germany’s development policy is expected to maintain its focus on migration, forced displacement, food security, and climate protection. It is also likely going to continue targeting Africa and the MENA region.

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Outlook
  • Germany is assuming the Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Germany is likely going to feature global health and crisis response as central themes of its Presidency.
  • In 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health is expected to publish Germany’s new cross-ministerial global health strategy.
  • The BMZ is currently revising its strategy for collaboration with bilateral partner countries. The new concept is expected to be released in 2020.