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Tunisia: Country in transition

Tunisia is a beacon of hope in political terms and after a long period of dictatorship is now peacefully transitioning into a state based on the rule of law. Despite some political and social tensions, the way democracy is developing in Tunisia is considered exemplary. Find out why Germany has a vested interest in seeing a region that is so close to Europe become stable again and how German development cooperation with Tunisia is supporting the country's transition to democracy. more



Health – a human right

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and wellbeing. Such a standard of living includes sufficient and good food, clothing, housing, medical care and the necessary social services. Read more about how Germany is helping realising the human right to health and social protection, promoting gender equality and advancing the rights of people with disabilities. more

Web portal: Healthy DEvelopments

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The web portal Healthy DEvelopments is online at This microsite showcases Germany's commitment to health and social pro­tec­tion in partner coun­tries world-wide. It covers news from German-supported programmes and relevant conferences as well as innovative methods and tools, good practices and topics for discussion by health and social protection exports. Since the portal aims to reach interested de­vel­op­ment practitioners worldwide it reports in English rather than in German. And for each of its news items, tools and videos, it invites visitors to comment, thus providing a platform for lively debate on current challenges and promising practices for partner countries' health and social protection systems.

Curious? Check it out at Healthy DEvelopments

Our issues page

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Poverty, education, democracy, displacement, health, climate protection, social standards, the economy – German development policy covers a wide range of topics.

To give you a comprehensive overview of the diverse challenges and fields of work of development cooperation, we have compiled a keyword register for you. You can reach it via the navigation point "Issues", above in the grey navigation bar or find the overview page here.


20.08.2012 - Anti-corruption and integrity in German development policy

21.03.2011 - Animated film by BMZ about REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) – an innovative model to protect forest and climate.

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The 2030 Agenda

The Global Goals

On 25 September 2015, the UN Summit in New York adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda's 17 goals are designed to help all people around the world live in dignity.

The current crises impressively demonstrate just how important this is. For all people to be able to live in peace and without poverty, all states must work together to improve the situation of people and the environment.

Detailed information on Agenda 2030 and its implementation can be found here and on the website

Marshall Plan in action

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The BMZ is in the process of rethinking its cooperation with the countries of Africa. From the Marshall Plan with Africa a new partnership between Africa and Europe can now emerge, which goes far beyond the traditional, project-based development cooperation.

The aim of the BMZ is to strengthen the development capacity of African states. Because many of the global challenges facing all of us can only be tackled with a strong Africa that generates jobs and wealth through sustainable economic growth. Here you can see some examples of how the Marshall Plan with Africa is being implemented.

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