GIZ appoints State Secretary Jäger as new Chair of Supervisory Board

Martin Jäger, who joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as State Secretary in March 2018, has been appointed as new Chair of the GIZ Supervisory Board. Prior to joining the BMZ, Jäger held positions in federal ministries, such as the Finance Ministry, Ministry of the Interior, and the Chancellery. He served as German Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014. 

The GIZ Supervisory Board comprises an equal number of shareholder and employee representatives (10 each), and appoints, monitors, and advises the Management Board. 

Press release - BMZ 


GIZ releases third “Germany in the Eyes of the World Study”

For the third time Germany’s development agency GIZ has conducted a qualitative study on how the world views Germany. 154 stakeholders from politics, business, science and research, and civil society in 24 countries were asked how they perceive Germany as a global player in the world. The study covers Germany’s role in a diverse range of issues, including displacement and migration, values and society, the economy, and education. Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board, Christoph Meier, stated that the findings are important for Germany’s international development cooperation.

The English Version of the study will be available from the end of April 2018 at

Press release - GIZ (in German) 


Germany's ODA for 2017 falls below 0.7% ODA/GNI target

According to preliminary OECD data, Germany’s official development assistance (ODA) decreased in 2017. In comparison to 2016, Germany’s ODA fell by 3.6 percent to US$24.7 billion. Thus, the German ODA/GNI rate, the share of economic output spent on development assistance, is down from 0.7% to 0.66%. Germany reached the UN target of 0.7% ODA/GNI for the first time in 2016, due to high in-country refugee costs that counted towards ODA. A drop in these costs caused Germany to miss this target in 2017.

However, as the advocacy organization ONE comments, Germany’s ODA is declining irrespective of the falling refugee costs. Excluding these costs, Germany’s development funding fell by one percent. The development organization Oxfam argues that Germany should stop reporting costs for hosting refugees in Germany as ODA, as this funding stays within the country and is not channeled towards development programs abroad.

Press release - OECD DAC 

Press release - ONE Germany (in German)

Press release - Oxfam Germany (in German)


New Parliamentary State Secretary of German development ministry announced

The new leadership staffing of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for the legislative period 2017-2021 is now completed. Former Parliamentary State Secretary Friedrich Kitschelt was replaced by Martin Jäger. Prior to this appointment, Jäger served as State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Digitalization and Migration in the state of Baden-Württemberg, where he mainly dealt with areas of security policy. He had previously worked for the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Foreign Office, and the German Federal Chancellery. In between his political offices, Jäger headed the “Global External Affairs and Public Policy” department at Daimler AG/Mercedes-Benz. Between 2013 and 2014, Jäger served as German Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Jäger is one of three new Parliamentary State Secretaries in the BMZ: the other two, Dr. Maria Flachsbarth and Norbert Barthle, were sworn into office earlier this month.

Press release - BMZ



New Parliamentary State Secretaries to lead the German BMZ with Development Minister Müller

Since Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Germany is governed by a renewed ‘Grand Coalition’ of the conservative CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD). The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will continue to be headed by Minister Gerd Müller. Parliamentary State Secretary Friedrich Kitschelt will stay in the BMZ. His former colleagues Parliamentary State Secretaries Thomas Silberhorn and Hans-Joachim Fuchtel will be replaced by Maria Flachsbarth and Nobert Barthle. Both are new to the Ministry and have previously served in the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, respectively. Günther Nooke remains Chancellor Merkel’s Personal Representative for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Germany’s development cooperation will continue to focus on Africa under Development Minister Müller

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has said his second term will focus on addressing the “root causes of flight and migration” and the voluntary return of refugees to their countries of origin. He aims to do this mainly through the creation of jobs and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) opportunities. Müller will carry the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)’s initiative “Marshall Plan with Africa” forward and wants to intensify overall development cooperation with Africa through this mechanism.

Overall, the coalition agreement of the renewed ‘Grand Coalition’ commits to the 0.7% ODA/GNI target and promises a significant increase in funds for development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, and crisis prevention, in a 1:1 ratio to increased defense spending. It also commits to reaching the target of 0.15-0.2% for least developed countries (LDCs) as soon as possible. The financial plan for 2018-2021 (presented by the Cabinet in spring 2017) is to see an additional increase of €2 billion for defense and ODA (€1 billion for each).

News article – Augsburger Allgemeine (in German)
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German Development Minister Gerd Müller will retain his post in new German government

Six months after federal elections, Germany is close to having a renewed ‘grand coalition’ with the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU, their Bavarian sister party) and the Social Democrats (SPD), after the majority of SPD members (66%) approved the coalition agreement in a binding member poll.

The chancellor’s election by the Bundestag will take place on March 14, 2018. After that, all ministers will be officially appointed and sworn in by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The first meeting of the new Cabinet may take place that very day. CDU and CSU have already named their ministers, while the SPD is expected to announce their ministers for the party's six cabinet positions on March 12, 2018. The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development will continue to be headed by Minister Gerd Müller (CSU). The Federal Ministry of Health will be headed by Jens Spahn (CDU), and the Federal Ministry of Research and Education by Anja Karliczek (CDU). The ministers of the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Finance are still unknown.  

News article - Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)


Chancellor Merkel announces CDU ministers of possible German Cabinet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the six members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) whom she would like to serve as ministers in her next Cabinet if a continuation of the grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) is approved.

At a CDU party convention in Berlin on February 26, 2018 the grand coalition agreement with the Social Democrats (SPD) was approved by the majority of CDU delegates, with only 27 of the 975 delegates voting against it. However, before the designated ministers can take up their posts, the grand coalition agreement must also be approved by a mail ballot of the more than 450,000 members of the SPD. Results are expected to be announced on March 4, 2018. If the SPD members approve the coalition agreement, a government would be formed very quickly.

If a majority of SPD members votes against the renewal of a Grand Coalition, the two likely options are: (1) a minority government of CDU/CSU alone or with the FDP or Greens or (2) new elections.

News article - Deutsche Welle


UK gives £2 million (US$2.7 million) in additional support for security in Sahel region

Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID), announced a two year non-ODA £2million ($2.7 million) contribution to the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The money will be spent through the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF), one of the UK's cross-government funds that spends both ODA and non-ODA money.  The G5 Joint Force, a Sahelian regional security initiative, is tasked with supporting Sahel states to improve their own security. 

The pledge was made at the G5 Pledging conference, where France and Germany also provided more funding. 

Press release - UK government 

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German Development Ministry and UN Women present report on global gender equality

The German Development Ministry (BMZ), together with UN Women, have presented the report “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report, which was co-financed by the BMZ, provides an assessment of the progress, gaps, and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. In cooperation with UN Women, among other organizations, the German government has stated a commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s rights worldwide.

Press Release - BMZ (in German)