Development Cooperation

Schmidt, Loki, KK Enlarge image Former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and his late wife Loki with Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia. (© picture alliance) Over the past decades, Zambia has developed into a, for the most part, politically stable republic, in which more than 70 different ethnic communities live together largely in peace. Compared with the rest of the region, the level of religious freedom and the generosity of the country's refugee policy are remarkable.


Although the World Bank upgraded Zambia to the status of lower middle-income country, the proportion of people living below the national poverty line has been stagnating at nearly two thirds of the population, and in rural areas the rate is even as high as three quarters of the population. The malnutrition rate in Zambia is exceptionally high even by regional standards.


In its national development plan, the government has set itself the goal of adopting more pro-growth and, in particular, more pro-poor policies and improving governance. Germany’s engagement in Zambia focuses in particular on the priority areas of water and sanitation – and on improving the management of Zambia's valuable water resources – and on strengthening good governance. Germany and Zambia have also been cooperating in the areas of agriculture (under the framework of the BMZ special initiative ONE WORLD – No Hunger) and energy.




Focal Areas of 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

Micro-project funding

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)