Germany Donor Profile

Last updated: March 2017.


the big six

How will German ODA develop?

  • Germany plans to increase ODA by a total of €8.3 billion (US$11 billion) between 2016 and 2019. The 2017 BMZ budget already included an increase of €1.1 billion (US$1.5 billion). ODA will continue to increase in 2018 and 2019.
  • From 2017, costs for hosting refugees in Germany are expected to decrease, meaning that Germany's ODA as a share of GNI will likely return to below the 0.7% target. This means that increased efforts will be required to maintain current ODA level.

Which development sectors will be in focus?

  • Displacement and migration will remain key focus areas and may become more important with a stronger focus on the Middle East (in particular Syria and its neighboring countries), North Africa, Horn of Africa, Nigeria, and the Balkans/Ukraine.
  • Agriculture and nutrition security, as well as climate change, are likely to remain key priorities in coming years.

What are key opportunities for shaping Germany’s development policy?

  • Germany has assumed the G20 Presidency in December 2016 focusing on economic stability, global health (specifically on pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance), and supporting Africa by boosting investments.
  • Federal elections in 2017 will determine the future direction of Germany’s development cooperation. The next government will most likely be formed by two or more parties, and the coalition treaty will inform the next government’s program. If global development features prominently in the coalition treaty, this will be conductive to placing development firmly on Germany’s agenda.





  • Germany ratifies 15th Development Policy Report

    The German government has ratified its 15th Development Policy Report, which summarizes development-related work across all government agencies during the last four years. The report was published by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and highlights the growing importance of development policy worldwide. It was developed as a joint-initiative of stakeholders from politics, academia, business, and civil society.

    Press release – BMZ

  • Germany's economics minister launches program to enhance German private sector engagement in Africa

    The German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, has announced a new €100 million program ('Pro!Africa') to support private sector engagement in Africa. The initiative aims at providing export loan guarantees and start-up financing; it also seeks to create long-term employment opportunities in Africa to prevent migration to Europe. In addition, the German government plans to establish German Chambers of Commerce in African countries and provide advice and support for companies planning to invest in the continent.

    News article – Deutsche Welle [in German]

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