After the third and final reading of the federal budget draft for 2022 in the German parliament, legislators approved an increase in the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) 2022 budget to €13.4 billion (US$14.4 billion) compared to the €10.9 billion (US$11.7 billion) that had been proposed by the government in March 2022.
The parliament’s budget committee increased the BMZ’s budget by €1.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) after consultations due to the spending expected related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Another €1.0 billion (US$1.1 billion) for the BMZ has been set in a supplementary budget that the government approved in April 2022 for “humanitarian assistance, crisis management, and food security in the context of the Ukraine crisis”. The increase in the BMZ’s budget includes increases in both multilateral and bilateral spending. The commitments for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance increased from €120 million (US$130 million) to €470 million (US$508 million).
Even though the German development Minister Svenja Schulze welcomed the increases in her ministry’s budget, she criticized the planned decrease of the budget to €10.7 billion (US$11.6 billion) in 2023. According to Schulze, the planned spending does not align with the ongoing efforts needed to fight hunger, poverty, pandemics, and climate change worldwide.