German Development Cooperation

Hands Enlarge image The work of hands (© picture alliance) Freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – to move a little closer to this goal, that is the aim of Germany's development policy. In its Coalition Agreement, the German government set out that, to help achieve this, it will focus in its development policy on education, health, rural development, good governance and sustainable economic development in particular. The guiding principles of Germany's development cooperation will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries’ sense of ownership and ability to help themselves.

Fighting poverty, eradicating hunger and disease, improving education, fostering democracy and peace, realising human rights and equal opportunities, preserving our environment and its natural resources – the huge tasks ahead can only be accomplished if the international community works together. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany is willing to take responsibility for, and is making an important contribution to, achieving the development goals agreed upon by the international community. To this end, Germany is very involved in tackling the key issues of modern-day development cooperation.

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The direct approach to the partner

Official, bilateral de­velop­ment cooperation is based on agree­ments between the governments of the partner countries and the German govern­ment. It is more strongly registered by the general public than German involvement within the international institutions and is therefore the "face" of German development policy at home and abroad.

Our engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa

Germany’s engagement in Africa, especially in the field of development cooperation, is particularly strong, since this region requires the greatest efforts to achieve the Millennium. Besides serious problems there is also substantial progress: democratic and social reforms and, in some states, impressive economic growth.


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.

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Health and HIV/AIDS

Securing health for people in developing countries is a matter for health policy, economic policy and social policy in the countries concerned. Germany therefore endeavours to develop strategies for strengthening their health systems.

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Development information and education

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German Development Cooperation


Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller

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

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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Africa and Germany

Dec 8, 2017 9:02 AM

German experts to bolster Zimbabwe's small and medium enteprises

Germany’s Senior Experten Service (SES) has partnered with ZimTrade to boost the country's small and medium enterprise space. The partnership is in an effort to increase an enterprise's ability to create solid business partnerships and to promote local investment.

Dec 7, 2017 1:41 PM

German government commits 700,000 Euro to refugee response in Zambia and Angola

The German government has committed 700,000 Euro to UNHCR for 2018, and the money has been earmarked for the refugee emergency response in Angola and Zambia.

Dec 6, 2017 10:36 AM

Tapping into Tanzania’s solar power potential

The unpredictable nature of Tanzania’s energy supply makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to do business there. Solar power could be answer to solving this problem.

Dec 5, 2017 9:47 AM

Promoting education, jobs and legal mobility

This year's EU AU Summit motto was "Investing in youth for a sustainable future". With majority of Africa's population comprising of young people, creating sustainable opportunities for them was at the top of the agenda.

Dec 4, 2017 2:00 PM

Zimbabwe's chicken farmers run thriving egg business with HELP from Germany

The Egg to Go project in Zimbabwe is helping chicken farmers who suffered losses from the outbreak of bird flu slowly rebuild their businesses.