Fostering sustainable Development
German development policy Development policy German development policy as a constituent part of a global structural and peace policy endeavors to improve living conditions in partner countries. The Federal Government, in close collaboration with the international community, is committed to fighting poverty, to peace and democracy, to… Read more › is a cornerstone of a global structural and peace policy, helping improve living conditions in partner countries. It aims to defeat hunger and poverty around the world and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. Germany’s development policy follows the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations United Nations The United Nations (UN) are the foundations and cornerstone of the international system. So as to adapt it to the political realities of the present day, Germany is in favour of a reform of the UN. Since 1996 Germany, which is the fourth largest contributor to the UN budget, has been one of the UN… Read more › in 2015. At its heart are 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that aim to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The SDGs ranging from eradicating hunger and ensuring equal access to education for all, to achieving gender equality and taking climate action and promoting peace.
The Federal Government Federal Government The Federal Government and cabinet is made up of the Federal Chancellor and the Federal Ministers. While the Chancellor holds the power to issue directives, the ministers have departmental powers, meaning that they independently run their respective ministries in the framework of those directives… Read more › is a trusted and robust partner when it comes to implementing the development agenda. As the second-largest provider of funding for public development work, Germany is taking responsibility by actively shaping global partnerships. Germany has consistently achieved the UN target of investing at least 0.7% of GDP in development activities. Support for projects in partner countries is provided by GIZ (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the KfW banking group and other organisations.
Europe’s first Ministry for Development
In the years after the Second World War, Germany itself received billions of dollars of aid from the USA. For decades it has implemented an active development policy Development policy German development policy as a constituent part of a global structural and peace policy endeavors to improve living conditions in partner countries. The Federal Government, in close collaboration with the international community, is committed to fighting poverty, to peace and democracy, to… Read more › and in 1961 became the first country in Europe to establish a Ministry for Development. German policy prioritises promoting ways for people to help themselves, acting as part of a broad partnership that includes members of the public, private enterprise, and state and civil society organisations as well as governments. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) sees its role as a ministry of transformation, promoting the global transition to a sustainable, climate and environmentally friendly economic system, while at the same time strengthening peace, freedom and human rights. Significant aspects of German development policy are combating hunger and poverty, protecting the climate and species diversity, and improving health and education. It also prioritises gender equality, fair supply chains, and the benefits of digitalisation and technology transfer. It also seeks to boost private investment to promote sustainable development.
Global campaign for food security
The war against hunger remains a key challenge. Every year, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development invests around 2 billion euros in global food security and agricultural development. Promoting small-scale agriculture in Africa is a key focus of this work. Germany is also the second-largest state donor to the World Food Programme (WFP).