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Canadian CSOs urge government to contribute US$904 million to Global Fund replenishment

After months of advocacy, a coalition of 14 civil society organizations (CSOs) is calling on Canada to pledge CA$1.2 billion (US$904 million) at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's (Global Fund) replenishment conference in New York City during the week of September 19, 2022. 

Since May 2022, the coalition has called on the federal government to contribute more to support the Global Fund. As the Global Fund now seeks to recover from setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic, the fund released its investment case calling on donors to collectively contribute US$18 billion - the minimum investment needed to save an estimated 20 million more lives. Among G7 nations, the US, Germany, and Japan have announced their support, committing to increase their pledges by 30% from the previous funding cycle. However, the Canadian government has not announced further support, drawing criticism from several CSOs.

Op-ed - Cooperation Canada

Germany increases pledge to Global Fund by 30%, totaling US$1.4 billion

On September 8, 2022, Germany increased its contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for 2023 - 2025 by 30% compared to its last pledge, totaling €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion).

Svenja Schulze, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, made the announcement during the international conference “Get back on track!”, hosted by several CSOs in anticipation of the Global Fund’s replenishment on September 18 and 19, 2022.

Of the €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) pledged, €1.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) will come from the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) regular budget. Another €100 million (US$106 million) will be provided through debt swaps, called 'Debt for Health Swaps.' This means Germany will agree with countries that are indebted to Germany to waive debt repayment and instead invest the resources in Global Fund programs instead.

Up to September 2022, Germany is the fourth-largest donor to the Global Fund, having contributed €1.0 billion (US$1.0 billion) for the 2020 - 2022 funding period.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Press release – The Global Fund

Germany supports Pakistan with US$14 million to address flood disaster

On September 7, 2022, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze discussed how Germany should support Pakistan in addressing the acute flood disaster and strengthening climate change adaptation in the medium- and long-term with Pakistani Climate Minister Sherry Rehman.

During the discussions, Schulze announced that Germany will provide €13 million (US$14 million) to Pakistan. The funds are primarily directed at supporting the most vulnerable groups through an existing social security system. In both the medium- and long-term, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will focus its support on increasing the quantity and quality of domestic and global climate adaptation efforts in Pakistan.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

India and Germany strengthen 'Green and Sustainable Development Partnership'

On September 5, 2022, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze met with the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI), India’s leading government think tank, to discuss how to implement and advance the 'Green and Sustainable Development Partnership' (GSDP) between the two countries.

This meeting signals a deepening of relations established in May 2022, when India and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a 'GSDP.'

The discussion focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate protections, energy transition, new technologies, and agroecology. Schulze announced that Germany will contribute an additional €4 million (US$4 million) to support the GSDP, especially for the implementation of the SDGs and climate protection measures at the Indian state level.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Germany to contribute up to US$1 billion additionally for global food security in 2022

On September 3, 2022, the German government earmarked up to €1.0 billion (US$1.0 billion) for global food security in response to rising global energy prices and disruptions in food supply caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This development was part of an agreement on a third financial relief package with an overall volume of €65.0 billion (US$68.7 billion), mostly dedicated to domestic issues.

The additional €1.0 billion (US$1.0 billion) must be spent in 2022 and will be funded through surpluses in the 2022 federal budget. Therefore, the exact amount of the contributions cannot be specified at this point.

Report – German Federal Government (in German)

German development minister calls for increased protection of climate-vulnerable countries

In an interview, German Minister for Development and Cooperation Svenja Schulze said that she will advocate for more climate protection for particularly vulnerable low- and middle-income countries at this year’s COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh.

According to Schulze, she aims to collaborate with countries most affected by climate change on the development of a Global Shield against Climate Risks, which Germany proposed in July at this year’s 13th Petersberg Climate Dialogue. The Global Shield is intended to assure sufficient financial resources are available to support low- and middle countries in the short term in the case of extreme weather events.

Schulze also called for more solidarity with climate-vulnerable countries, especially since these countries usually contribute the least to global CO2 emissions but are most affected by the impacts of climate change.

News article – Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (in German)

Germany strengthens cooperation with Bolivia for nature, climate protection

German Minister for Development and Cooperation Svenja Schulze traveled to Bolivia where she met with high-level government representatives to discuss German-Bolivian cooperation.

Cooperation will prioritize the protection of the Amazon region, support the energy transition, and expand renewable energy in Bolivia. To work toward these priorities, Germany pledged to provide an additional €20 million (US$21 million) for cooperation with Bolivia. Additional priorities include gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence.

In addition to Bolivia, the German government offered Armenia, Laos, Nepal, and Mongolia opportunities to engage in bilateral development cooperation. With these offers, the number of countries Germany works with bilaterally increased from 61 to 65. The revision of Germany’s bilateral development cooperation was defined in the coalition treaty, which became effective in December 2021.

Press release – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Draft budget for 2023 outlines BMZ budget cuts

On August 5, 2022, the German Cabinet released the final draft of the 2023 federal budget and the mid-term financial planning up to 2026 and handed it to the parliament. The first parliamentary reading will be held between September 5-9, 2022.

The federal budget for 2023 foresees total spending worth €445.2 billion (US$470.4 billion), which marks a 10% decrease compared to the 2022 budget. This is largely driven by the governing coalition’s reintroduction of the debt brake in 2023, which was paused over the last three years to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences. 

The German government plans to invest €22.4 billion (US$23.7 billion) in ODA in 2023 and plans to spend 0.7% of its GNI on ODA, according to the budget draft. However, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ’s) budget is set to decrease from €12.4 billion (US$13.1 billion) in 2022 to €11.1 billion (US$11.7 billion) in 2023. Spending for multilateral development cooperation, especially the budget line ‘Contributions to the United Nations, its specialized agencies and other international bodies and non-governmental organizations’ is being cut by nearly half from €1.0 billion (US$1.1 billion) in 2022 to €507 million (US$536 million) in 2023.

According to the mid-term financial planning, the BMZ’s budget in 2026 is to decrease further to €10.4 billion (US$11.0 billion).

Press release – German Parliament (in German)

Press release – German Parliament (in German)

Federal Budget Draft 2023 (in German)

Germany increases financial resources for fight against hunger to US$930 million

The German government plans to contribute €880 million (US$930 million) to the fight against hunger, especially for countries in Africa and the Middle East. In March 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged €430 million (US$454 million) to address the global food security effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; Germany's pledge has since increased. 

The Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will distribute the funds across existing channels: €588 million (US$621 million) will go to existing crisis instruments, €250 million (US$264 million) to the BMZ’s special initiative ‘One World No Hunger’, and €42 million (US$44 million) will be contributed to the World Food Programme (WFP). The BMZ aims to channel the financial resources to countries affected by simultaneous crises - for example, climate change or armed conflicts. This includes, according to the BMZ, countries in East Africa, the Sahel Region, and the Middle East, as well as Egypt and Tunisia. The countries will receive short-term support in addressing the acute food crisis, as well as in addressing long-term changes in agriculture and supply chains.

BMZ’s implementing partners for the funds include the WFP, the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), Oxfam, and the German Welthungerhilfe.

News article – Deutsche Welle (in German)

News article – Globe Echo

Briefing paper – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

UN Women releases new toolkit on care work

UN Women developed a new toolkit on paid and unpaid care work, building on the 2016 “Toolkit on Recognizing, Reducing and Redistributing Unpaid Work and Care”.

The new kit focuses on 'reward' and 'representation' in the context of paid and unpaid care work and is targeted at those working on care work in the context of gender equality.

Germany, as part of its G7 Presidency, supported the development of the toolkit. Care work has been a priority of the Geman G7 Presidency, giving special attention to the “Global Alliance for Care” and the World Bank’s Child Care Incentive Fund.

Press release – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

A toolkit on paid and unpaid work: from 3Rs to 5Rs – UN Women

Germany proposes new Global Shield against Climate Risks at Petersberg Climate Dialogue

The German Federal Foreign Office hosted this year’s 13th Petersberg Climate Dialogue from July 17 - 19, 2022 in Berlin, where high-level representatives from 40 countries convened ahead of this year’s 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27). The German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze, presented a new Global Shield against Climate Risks.

The concept for the Global Shield against Climate Risks has been developed under the German G7 Presidency and was supported by G7 leaders at the summit in June 2022. The Global Shield will scale up climate risk financing, improve climate resilience and preparedness, and promote the development of rapid solutions in the case of climate-related damages. Coordinators envision early warning systems, especially in vulnerable countries, preparedness plans, insurance schemes, and social protection systems as part of the shield. The Global Shield will work to mobilize additional funding for protection against and compensation for Loss and Damage resulting from climate change.

Schulze aims to launch the global shield at this year’s COP27 in Egypt together with countries most affected by climate change.

Press release – Federal Foreign Office

Press release – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

News article – The Economic Times

Publish What You Fund releases 2022 Aid Transparency Index

Publish What You Fund released its 2022 Aid Transparency Index, which measures the transparency of key bilateral and multilateral international development organizations. Overall, the project found that donors maintained transparency near pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels; 31 of the 50 evaluated organizations scored in the ‘good’ or ‘very good’ categories, meaning they consistently publish high-quality data on development assistance disbursements. 50 donors were evaluated out of 100 points and ranked accordingly.  

Australia: The index showed that Australia's ODA transparency has continued to deteriorate. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) ranked 41 of the 50 donor organizations, a continuance of their declining trend. The agency remained in the ‘fair’ category but lost 10 points on the transparency index. DFAT was 34 of 47 in 2020 and 23 of 45 in 2018. This decline in transparency occurred under the previous Australian government. The recently elected Labor government has committed to improving accountability and transparency in the development sector. 

Canada: Global Affairs Canada (GAC) dropped from the ‘very good’ category in 2020 to ‘good’ in 2022, losing nearly 10 points in Publish What You Fund’s ranking system and ranking 17th overall in 2022, showing a concerning decrease in transparency amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  

EU: The report evaluated the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), European Investment Bank (EIB), Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), and the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA; formerly DEVCO).  

The European Commission’s (EC) ECHO scored ‘good’ overall and ranked 13th among evaluated donors, improving by nearly nine points compared to the 2020 index. The EC’s INTPA scored 15th among evaluated donors and ranked in the ‘good’ category, but declined by 4 points in transparency from 2020. The EBRD’s sovereign portfolio ranked 24th among donors and scored in the ‘good’ category, declining by 3 points since 2020. The non-sovereign portfolio was also placed in the ‘good' category, but ranked 31st among donors. The EC’s NEAR ranked in the ‘good’ category, as it did in 2020, but declined significantly in transparency, dropping nearly 15 points. The EIB’s sovereign portfolio ranked 33rd among donors and remained in the ‘fair’ category, as it was in 2020; the portfolio also lost 3 points in transparency compared to 2020. The EIB’s non-sovereign portfolio also stood in the ‘fair’ category, ranking 37th among donors.  

France: The French Development Agency (AFD) ranked 28th among donors and sat in the ‘good’ category. The agency improved by five points compared to 2020 and jumped up from ‘fair.’  

Germany: Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) scored ‘good’ overall and ranked 11th among evaluated donors, improving by seven points compared to the 2020 index. Germany’s Federal Foreign Office (FFO), on the other hand, ranked 43rd among donors with only 37 of 100 transparency points. 

Italy: The Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS) has gradually improved its performance since 2017. In 2020, AICS was placed in the ‘fair’ category, but the agency improved by 5 points, ranking 34th overall in 2022.   

Japan: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dropped the most out of the evaluated agencies – by 26 points – sliding from ‘fair’ to ‘poor’ in 2022 and ranking just 47th out of 50 donors evaluated.  

Netherlands: The Netherlands’ Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) declined by 4 points from 2020, but remained in the ‘good’ category, ranking 23rd overall.  

Norway: Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) dropped from ‘fair’ in 2020 to ‘poor’ in 2022, losing seven points.  

South Korea: South Korea’s Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) scored ‘good’ overall and ranked 14th among evaluated donors, improving by seven points compared to the 2020 index. 

Spain: The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) ranked 42nd among donors, losing nearly 17 points since 2020 and remaining in the ‘fair’ category.  

Sweden: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) ranked 21st among donors, improving by 4 points since 2022 and sitting in the ‘good’ category. 

United Kingdom: The report found the transparency of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has declined.  According to the index’s ranking, the FCDO fell from 9th place in 2020 to 16th in 2022; no UK agency scored in the 'very good' category for the first time since the Index was launched in 2012. The FCDO and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) sat in the ‘good’ category. The FCDO has underperformed compared to the former Department for International Development (2020) across all five Index components; this is largely the result of a lack of organizational and country strategies and inconsistent release of results, evaluations, and objectives.

United States: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ranked 25th among donors and was placed in the ‘good’ category; however, the agency lost nearly 12 points and declined significantly in transparency since 2020. The US State Department ranked 32nd among donors, losing 5 points since 2020 and dropping out of the ‘good’ category to ‘fair.’  

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US government agency, scored in the ‘very good’ category and ranked 5th among donors. The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) jumped from ‘fair’ to ‘good’ in 2022, improving by nearly 9 points and ranking 20th among donors.  

Recommendations for all donors included:  

  • Publishing more project budgets to facilitate planning and coordination;  
  • Implementing government entity references and developing referencing approaches for the private sector to track assistance flows;  
  • For Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), improving non-sovereign portfolio data;  
  • Publishing comprehensive data on project impact metrics; and 
  • Publishing budget documents, project procurement information, and impact appraisals.  

Report - Publish What You Fund 

News article – BOND  

News article - The Telegraph 

News article - National Tribune 

Germany contributes additional US$48 million to Congo Basin Forest Partnership

During the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, State Secretary of the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation Jochen Flasbarth announced that Germany will contribute an additional €45 million (US$48 million) for the protection of the Congo Basin Forest, one of the largest tropical forest carbon sinks.

The funding will be assigned to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), a finance mechanism that promotes sustainable forestry and improved agricultural practices in the Congo Basin Forest. With the new pledge, Germany’s contributions to CAFI total €250 million (US$264 million).

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Germany makes additional changes to bilateral partner list

Within the framework the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) reform strategy, ‘BMZ 2030’ (published in June 2020), the ministry adapted its list of bilateral partner countries according to current global challenges and the German government's priority topics. The BMZ reduced its number of bilateral partners to 61 from 85 initially. However, recently, the BMZ added 4 additional countries and removed one from the list for a total of 65 bilateral partners. 

Armenia, Bolivia, Laos, Nepal, and Mongolia were offered spots on the BMZ’s list of bilateral partner countries. Bilateral cooperation with the Central African Republic was suspended.

The BMZ works more intensively and with a long-term focus with its bilateral partners compared to other low- and middle-income countries.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

German development ministry budget to decrease in 2023

On July 1, 2022, the German Cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2023 federal budget worth €445.2 billion (US$470.9 billion). Compared to the 2022 federal budget, this marks a 10% decrease. The decrease can also be attributed to the governing coalition’s reintroduction of the debt brake in 2023, which was suspended during the last three years to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was allocated €11.1 billion (US$11.7 billion) in 2023, a €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion, or -10%) decrease compared to 2022 levels. The draft budget foresees total spending for official development assistance (ODA) equating to €22.4 billion (US$23.7 billion) for 2023, €3.0 billion (US$3.2 billion) above pre-COVID-19 levels, according to the government draft.

The draft budget will be handed over to the German parliament on August 5, 2022, for debate and revision.

Press release – Federal Ministry of Finance (in German)

2023 Budget - Federal Ministry of Finance (in German)

Oxfam criticizes G7 for falling short of COVID-19 vaccine pledges; timely delivery could have prevented 600,000 deaths

New analysis by Oxfam Canada and the People’s Vaccine Alliance found that only 49% of the 2.1 billion COVID-19 donations promised by the G7 to low- and middle-income countries have been delivered;  Oxfam called out the UK and Canada as the worst offenders.

The analysis showed that, had the missing donated doses been shared, they could have saved almost 600,000 lives in low- and middle-income countries, equivalent to one death every minute. Oxfam criticizes Canada and the UK as the worst performers, having failed to deliver anywhere near the number of vaccines they promised. The G7's contributions are as follows: 

  • Only 39% of the 100 million doses the UK pledged to deliver by the end of June 2022 were delivered;
  • While the deadlines to meet their respective commitments are the end of 2022, only 30% of Canada’s over 50 million pledged doses, and 46% of the US's 1.2 billion pledged doses have been delivered;
  • France, Italy, and Germany have collectively delivered just 56% of 700 million promised doses by the middle of 2022; and
  • Japan has delivered 64% of the 60 million doses it promised to contribute.

Op-ed - Oxfam Canada

Germany hosts Uniting for Global Food Security conference

On June 24, 2022, the German Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Food and Agriculture, and Economic Cooperation and Development hosted the international conference, “Uniting for Global Food Security” in Berlin. This conference brought together more than 50 government representatives, international and regional organizations, multilateral development banks (MDBs), CSOs, and foundations to discuss responses and solutions to the current global food security crisis, which has been escalated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The conference provided input to the G7 Leaders' Summit, which took place from June 26 -28, 2022, and was hosted by the Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS), which was established by the G7 Presidency and the World Bank to catalyze an immediate and concerted response to the intensifying global hunger crisis.

Key topics of the conference included strengthening the humanitarian system to provide immediate support through avenues like the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and International Fund for Agricultural Development, as well as improving food systems going forward through mid- and long-term interventions, especially in the context of the ongoing climate crisis.

Key global development advocates attended the conference, including Norwegian Minister of International Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim and Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAEC) José Manuel Albares. Tvinnereim emphasized that food is a human right and reaffirmed Norway's commitment to continue to invest in the fight against hunger. Tvinnereim emphasized swift action to combat the crisis, citing concerns that the current crisis related to food prices will develop into an accessibility and supply crisis. As such, she called for international stakeholders to increase funding for both humanitarian assistance and local food production.

Meanwhile, Albares stated that Spain is ready to step up and play a bigger role in fostering global food security, with a particular focus on countries in Western Africa. Albares highlighted the WFP's logistical hub based in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, and announced that Spain’s financial contribution to WFP in 2022 will increase by 75% compared to 2021. He also announced that MAEC will provide the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) with between US$10 million - US$20 million in funding this year to bring Spain's total funding for the mechanism up to US$100 million. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will receive US$5 million. Albares highlighted the need to strengthen multilateral institutions in order to respond to the world’s current food crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He noted that food security, nutrition, and rural development are long-term priorities of Spain’s development cooperation programs in Central America and the Sahel Region.

The Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS), which was recently initiated by Germany under its G7 Presidency and the World Bank, and launched at the G7 Development Ministers meeting in May 2022, was welcomed by conference participants and considered a key instrument to coordinate efforts and join forces for global food security.

Press release – Federal Foreign Office

Conference conclusion - Uniting for Global Food Security

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Norwegian) 

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

Germany increases core support to World Food Programme by US$46 million

During the annual session of the executive board of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome between June 20 - 24, 2022, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze committed to ensure Germany will remain one of the largest WFP donors and to increase Germany's core contributions WFP.

Last year, Germany contributed €1.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) to the WFP, making it the second-largest donor. According to Schulze, this contribution level should be maintained or even surpassed in 2022. As a first step, Germany's core contributions to WFP will be increased from €28 million (US$30 million) to €70 million (US$76 million) this year. Schulze also highlighted the importance of the Global Alliance on Food Security (GAFS), which she initiated together with the World Bank under the German G7 presidency, to coordinate international efforts on food security.

On June 24, 2022, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, together with the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, will host an international conference for global food security entitled “Uniting for Global Food Security”. Participants in the conference will include relevant ministers from G7 states and the largest donor countries, countries most affected by the hunger crisis, representatives of the UN, and CSOs.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

News article – Evanglisch.de (in German)

Germany's Scholz announces priorities for upcoming G7 summit including Ukraine response, global food crisis

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced his priorities for the upcoming G7 Summit, which will take place from June 26 - 28, 2022, in Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. The summit will focus on supporting Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion as well as long-term recovery.

Scholz named the global food crisis, caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fight against climate change, making progress in digitalization, and ensuring the unity of democracies as additional priorities. Additionally, Scholz hopes to achieve more solidary in pandemic response and prevention at the summit. 

The heads of the state of the UK, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, and the US will meet with Scholz at the summit. This year’s host countries will be South Africa, Senegal, India, Indonesia, and Argentina. The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is expected to attend the summit virtually. 

News article – Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland

German parliament approves US$14.4 billion development ministry budget for 2022

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. 

Press release – Deutscher Bundestag (in German)

News article – Deutschland Funk (in German)