What are Germany’s strategic priorities for development?

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Chancellery highlighted three priority areas for the current legislative term (2013-2017):

  • Flight and migration, climate change, and agriculture/food security.

In addition, during its G7 presidency in 2015, Germany showed strong leadership on global health and food security and has advanced a range of key development-related processes:

it hosted the replenishment conference of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) in 2015, creating the ’Healthy Systems - Healthy Lives’ process to strengthen health systems, highlighting the importance of tackling antimicrobial resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases and Ebola, and launching the G7’s Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach.

Germany’s key development priorities:

  • Flight and Migration

BMZ to spend €3 billion on this area in 2016, geographic focus: Syria/Middle East, North Africa, Horn of Africa, Nigeria, Balkans/Ukraine

  • Climate change/renewable energy

Pledge of €750 million to the Green Climate Fund (2015-18)  

  • Agriculture and food security

Investments of over €1 billion per year by 2015, key instrument: Special Initiative ‘One World - No Hunger’

Looking forward, Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to include women’s and girls’ empowerment and health prominently on the G20 agenda in 2017, with a focus on pandemic preparedness.

These focus areas make concrete the six broad sectors spelled out as priorities in the current government’s coalition treaty: 

  • 1) rural development, 
  • 2) health, 
  • 3) gender equality, 
  • 4) education and training, 
  • 5) resource management and climate protection, and 
  • 6) crisis prevention and post-conflict peace building.