German Development Policy
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.