Survey shows Germans are in favor of development cooperation

An online survey commissioned by SOS Children’s Villages shows more than two-thirds of Germans believe that development cooperation improves conditions in developing countries and that wealthy countries are obligated to provide such assistance. More than half of respondents, however, questioned the effectiveness of development cooperation, and only 8% donate to development cooperation. While the number of private individuals providing donations is decreasing in Germany in 2018, the absolute amount has increased.

Press release – SOS Children’s Villages (in German)

News Article - Handelsblatt (in German)


Germany increases 2019 development budget by €804 million

Germany has finalized its 2019 federal budget, which includes an additional €804 million (US$889 million) for the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This brings BMZ's budget to a total of €10.3 billion (US$11.3 million) in 2019. Almost half of the budget, €4.8 billion (US$5.3 billion), will be used for bilateral cooperation. The second major area of ​​expenditure concerns European development cooperation and contributions to the United Nations and other international organizations. These costs are estimated to amount to €2 billion (US$2.2 billion).

Text archive - Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development


Germany increases funding for global education

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has increased its budget for global education. The ministry will provide 230 million (US$254 million) for the special initiative 'Education and Employment,' to create training and job partnerships between German and African companies, from 2019.

The BMZ will also increase its funds for the education of children and adolescents in crisis situations and plans to give €31 million (US$34 million) to the 'Education Cannot Wait' fund in 2019. German Development Minister Gerd Müller aims to spend 25% of the development budget for education and vocational training in the long run.

News article – Hamburger Abendblatt (in German)


German president makes state visit to South Africa

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the president of Germany, traveled for a three-day state visit to South Africa from November 19 to 21, 2018. It is the first time in 20 years that a German president has visited the country. Accompanied by a high-level business delegation, Steinmeier praised the country as an important economic partner for Germany and announced he wants to promote joint action on climate change, trade, and migration policies with the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

News article – DW (in German)


Dutch finance minister questions Franco-German budget proposal

Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra has questioned France and German's latest eurozone budget proposal ahead of the Eurogroup gathering in Brussels on November 19, 2018. In a Twitter post, Hoekstra said,"the need for such a budget is less than convincing. It is unclear how this will help and why this would be in the interest of Dutch citizens.”

France and Germany published a two-page proposal for the budget on November 16, 2018, which said that a eurozone budget should be within the EU budget framework and linked to “external assigned revenues,” like an EU financial transaction tax. Countries in the single currency union would be able to tap into the pot but only if they comply with strict rules on economic policy coordination.

Twitter post - Minister of Finance of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

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German Ministry of Education and Research publishes new Africa strategy

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) published its new Africa Strategy and will provide €300 million (US$332 million) to promote German-African cooperation in education, science, and research. The strategy will focus on knowledge transfer, innovation, and human capital, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals

Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, emphasized in her announcement speech that education and research will be critical to tackle Africa’s challenges, create a future for the African youth, and fight the root causes of migration.

Press release – BMBF (in German)


Germany increases 2019 budget for development assistance

Germany has finalized its 2019 budget, with plans to increase the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) by increase by €800 million (US$885 million) to a total of €10.2 billion (US$11.3 billion) in 2019. In a last round of negotiations, significant increases went to United Nations (UN) programs. Other increases include:

  • €19 million (US$21 million) for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for a total of €37 million (US$41 million) 
  • €40 million (US$44 million) for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria for a total of €260 million (US$288 million) 

The final parliamentary reading of the development subsection in the federal budget will take place on November 21, 2018. Parliament will vote on the 2019 budget draft, after which it will be signed by the President.

Together with official development assistance (ODA) spending from other ministries, the ODA/Gross National Income (GNI) ratio is expected to stand at 0.51% in 2019 (excluding in-country refugee costs). With this, the coalition government will fulfill its promise to prevent an ODA/GNI ratio.

Press release - ONE (in German)

News Article - Spiegel (in German)


Germany ranked as second-largest donor to humanitarian assistance

According to a German government report on humanitarian assistance abroad for 2014-2017, Germany is the second-largest donor in humanitarian assistance, after the US. Germany more than tripled its contributions for the years 2014 to 2017 compared to 2010 to 2013,  providing €1.8 billion (US$2 billion) in 2017. Around 75% went to humanitarian organizations of the United Nations (UN), such as the World Food Program and UN Refugee Agency, followed by the Red Cross and civil society organizations.

Regionally, Germany's humanitarian assistance focuses on the Middle East and Africa.

News Article – FAZ (in German)


German Chancellor Merkel announces Africa Investment Summit in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited the heads of state of eleven African countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Benin, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, and Tunisia), representatives of the World Bank, the African Union, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the boards of German companies, for the G20 Investment Summit for Africa to Berlin. The summit is part of the Compact with Africa (CwA) initiative and follows the goal to connect German and African companies and to foster private investment to the continent. In return, Compact countries are expected to implement reforms in areas such as financial markets and trade regulations, as agreed on with the G20.

News article – Sueddeutsche Zeitung (in German)


Germany establishes private investment fund for Africa

As part of the Africa investment summit to be held in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany will establish a fund for private investment in Africa. The investment fund will provide loans to European and African small- and medium-sized enterprises to help them enter the market. The fund will be managed by the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) with a value of €1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion).

News article – Spiegel (in German)