Development Cooperation

German Development Policy 

Hilfe für Afrika Enlarge image (© dpa) A life free of poverty, fear and ecological degradation - this vision was embraced by the representatives of all the member countries of the United Nations at the Millennium Summit in New York. German development policy is working at different levels and with different instruments together with all other bilateral and multilateral cooperating partners to ensure that this vision becomes a reality. Development policy is geared to sustainable economic development, social justice and ecological sustainability in the partner countries, and to that extent also makes a contribution to securing the future of humankind, not least Germany’s own future.

The German government orientates its development policy on three overarching goals, namely reducing poverty, safeguarding peace and making globalisation equitable. Next to this general framework, Germany's efforts in development cooperation are guided by the Millennium Development Goals, spelling out principles, levels of action and priority areas from halving extreme poverty to promote gender equality and women empowerment.

Germany is currently involved in development cooperation activities in five regions round the globe, covering 58 partner countries. Other individual countries also receive assistance as part of regional programmes or programmes dealing with specific sectors, such as fighting HIV/AIDS, climate and forest protection, and crisis prevention. Cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and its partner countries is based on bilateral agreements that are binding under international law. These agreements are negotiated in close talks between the partner countries’ governments approximately every two years.

Development Cooperation in Zambia

Zambia is one of Germany's most important partners in Southern Africa. Since Zambia's independence in 1964 the two nations have worked closely together on several issues - to the benefit of them both.

German Development Cooperation

Freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – to move a little closer to this goal is the aim of Germany's development policy. In the pages below you find information on the principles of German development cooperation.


The Implementing Agencies

The guidelines and the fundamental concepts of German development policy are developed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The BMZ contracts the implementing organisations with the concrete realisation of the development-policy projects of the German government.

Twalumba Women's Club

Small scale projects financed by the German Embassy in Zambia

The micro-project scheme is part of Germany's overall development co-operation that contributes to poverty alleviation and improvement of  living standards, to cover the basic needs of the poorest social classes, especially in rural areas.

GDC Brochure

German Development Cooperation in Zambia - Brochure 2017

You want to find out more about the German Development Cooperation? Click here for an overview of main stakoholders and priority sectors of Germany's engagement in Zambia.

Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Find out about Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller's curriculum vitae.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Africa and Germany

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Germany tops the Nation Brands Index

Germany has clinched the coveted number one spot on the 2017 Nation Brands Index, beating contenders such as the united states, France and Switzerland.