Sign saying “Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development” in front of the Berlin office of the BMZ. Copyright: BMZ


The Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) is headed by the Minister, Dr Gerd Müller, the Parliamentary State Secretaries, Mr Hans-Joachim Fuchtel and Mr Thomas Silberhorn, and the State Secretary, Dr Friedrich Kitschelt. more


As we stand at the beginning of the 21st century, the role of development policy has changed. Today, development cooperation is seen as global structural and peace policy. It aims to help resolve crises and conflicts in a peaceful manner. It aims to help ensure that scarce resources are more equitably shared, and that our environment is preserved for coming generations. And it aims to help reduce global poverty. more

Structure and Organisation

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has some 800 employees. About 75 per cent of them are based at the Ministry's Bonn office, while the others work at the Berlin office. A certain proportion of employees are always to be found outside the Ministry, where they take on development policy assignments worldwide for a period of a few years. more

BMZ Budget

The budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is contained in the German national budget, where it is departmental budget 23. In fiscal 2016, provision has been made for spending in the order of 7.407 billion euros. more

What does development policy have to do with football? Or with culture? And what do actress Katja Riemann, women's footballer Nia Künzer and SAP's Senior VP Jens Romaus have in common? You will find the answers to these questions on the following page. Development Minister Niebel launched the Council to support the BMZ in its efforts to develop viable ideas on how to meet the challenges that the 21st century poses to development policy. Council members come from civil society, business, the academic community, politics, culture and the media, and their job will be to provide "stimulus for new ideas".

Development Policy in Parliament

The German Bundestag (Parliament) addresses development policy in various ways. These include debates on the fundamental principles of development policy, debates on topical issues or specific regions and the decisions taken by the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development (AwZ) or other committees and bodies. more

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