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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 2017, provision has been made for spending in the order of 8.541 billion euros.

BMZ budget 2015

  • 4,124,088,000 euros (48.3%)
    Bilateral official development cooperation
  • 987,372,000 euros (11.5%)
    Civil society and business groups and institutions
  • 821,818,000 euros (9.6%)
    European Development Fund
  • 422,808,000 euros (5.0%)
    United Nations and international institutions
  • 661,361,000 euros (7.7%)
    World Bank
  • 262,230,000 euros (3.1%)
    Regional banks
  • 320,414,000 euros (3.8%)
    International food security and global environmental protection
  • 42,340,000 euros (0.5%)
    Research, evaluation and training in development cooperation
  •  168,248,000 euros (2.0%)
    Other grants
  • 10  685,000,000 euros (8.0%)
    Special initiatives
  • 11  45,361,000 euros (0.5%)
    Ministry costs and centrally calculated administrative costs. This includes, as is the case for some other federal ministries as well, an across-the-board budget cut*. 
  • Total 8,541,040,000 euros

* Across-the-board budget cuts are mandatory savings that a ministry has to make. They are centrally determined by the Federal Ministry of Finance and are shown in the budget as a negative amount. In order to meet these savings requirements, the BMZ has to manage its budget in such a way that expenditure is reduced accordingly within individual budget lines.

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